What’s the story?
Jürg Peterhans, from Zurich hoped to fulfil a very particular ambition. He and his brother David discovered a Swiss company making powerful but relatively small electric motors, more than powerful enough to propel a small Land Rover… An idea was born. Jürg and David found a moderately tatty and messed-about-with 88in Series I, and then recruited a local Classic car genius and a local company already deeply involved in designing and engineering electric delivery lorries, of all things. The result? This incredible Series I Land Rover.
Our favourite bit?
The performance available from the Brusa electric motor and the 300kg battery pack is awesome. It whizzes up any hill you care to point it at. Acceleration is very impressive and relentless up to around 100kph. The silence is quite possibly the best bit about this vehicle. The only noise comes from a small Eberspächer diesel-fuelled heater, essential in Switzerland, and definitely my favourite bit.
And the verdict from LRO writer Mark Saville?
Series Is are climbing every higher in value, so no doubt some out there will be bemoaning the desecration of another example. But, in case I have to disagree. The resultant vehicle is superbly practical and enormous fun. With a range of about 120 miles, that’s about the same as Plimsoll, my own Series I goes before I start looking for the next garage. Jürg’s electric Series I is brilliant. I really wish I had a spare house to sell to finance the conversion on Plimsoll. Yes, it’s that expensive.
Model: 88in Series I
Engine: Brusa electric motor, 100kw (off-road)
Tyres: 225/75 R16 BF Goodrich AT
Diffs: Quaife ATB, 10-spline
Axles: Series III
Transfer box: LT230, 1.667 low ratio