Forget the Tesla and going 0-60 faster than a Porsche. I always thought an electric vehicle would absolutely rule as a rock crawler. With plenty of torque that could be precisely controlled from 1rpm up, a stout 4x4 EV could conquer previously untamed trails. TLC, the Southern California based company that builds a beautiful FJ40-inspired vehicle called the ICON is thinking along the same lines. TLC recently announced on its website
that a full-electric ICON prototype is being built with the help of 3rd Millennium Energy
. There's no word on an introduction date, type of motor or batteries or an estimated cost. The current ICON starts at $88,000. Plans also call for a bio-diesel generator option to recharge the off-roading EV while in the middle of the Rubicon trail. I can't wait!
[Source: TLC ICON via Inside Line]