• Dec 6th 2010 at 5:00PM
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Liberty Electric Cars E-Range – Click above to watch video after the jump

Liberty Electric Cars has announced the launch of an electric SUV called the E-Range. Based on the iconic Range Rover, the British conversion company has put together a package that offers a mix of performance one might not expect from a vehicle of this size. For instance, it's said to scoot from 0 to 60 miles per hour in seven seconds, offer a top speed of 100 mph and can rove across the range for up to 200 miles. With an electric motor motor powering each wheel, four-wheel drive capability remains intact and when the 75 kWh (!) lithium polymer battery is ready for a refill, you don't even have to plug it in. It features an inductive charging system that allows you to park over a plate in your driveway or garage that pulls up the needed electrons. It has a physical plug as well.

If you're the kind of person who likes sitting in the lap of electric-powered luxury, it may interest you to know that LEC has recently announced it is offering test drives. If you have the means, you can join the exclusive list of E-Range purchasers and take delivery in early 2011. Speaking of means, the price tag reads – you are sitting down, right? – £160,000 ($251,000 U.S. at today's exchange rates). Needing a little more encouragement? Hit the jump for Liberty Electric's promotional video.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's nice to have 75Kwh, but what about charging time :s
      • 4 Years Ago
      Believe me, here in Europe there are plenty of people driving 90 k euro vehicles that could make the change over easily to this all electric vehical for savings in the long run in fuel and in helping the atmosphere. This company will make improvments each year including battery upgrades etc that will win people over that want a cost effective travel vehicle that can travel far from home. The thing is it looks like if an owner ventures far from his home charger, where will he get a charge from? I'm sure they'll find a solution. arch
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think their focus is on congestion charge savings for those affluent people that can afford an extreme luxury vehicle such as this one and that live in congestion charge areas such as London. As they mentioned, I could save 13K pounds per year in congestion charges alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you can afford this vehicle, I seriously doubt you've even given a thought to the congestion charge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it gets those damn Escalades and Hummers off the road, I'm all for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      75 kWh! Yowzaa! That is 3X the Nissan Leaf.

      Well, at least that shows big SUV EVs are possible. But they are certainly not practical.

      I think the Voltec architecture is the much better match for SUVs & Pick-ups than the pure EV model. Perhaps that was GM's big plan . . . the Volt is just the small starting point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too bad it costs 8 times as much as a leaf. Volttec could do 4wd easily with 1 or 2 motors in the rear. The battery pack shape would require a crew cab though and it would have to retail at 60k which might be a lot a complicated truck that gets 30mpg.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I suspect that if GM did decide to use Voltec for pickups or SUVs, they'd probably redesign a battery specifically for it. Pickups in particular have adequate space beneath the bed for a fairly large battery pack.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While the wireless charging may be great for at home, not being able to take advantage of the charge stations that are going to be installed all over does seem to be a disadvantage. They really should have both.

        • 4 Years Ago
        They do have both, read the article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It does have both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I cannot imagine a single other vehicle less suited for an electric conversion. I think they totally, entirely missed the point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, I think there was some thinking put in for the vehicle selection. They said "What is the SUV for people that don't care how much it costs . . . The Range Rover.".

        So they might find some Hollywood types that would pay $200K for a pure-electric Range Rover.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its for SUV drivers that care about the planet which is why they want an electric vehicle that is only half as efficient as a hatchback and half as efficient at charging. Its an EV with the capability and efficiency of an ICE SUV.

        What a breakthrough!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally a car with a decent battery pack. Double it and we are getting somewhere. Stop complaining about how unreasonable this car is. Is ordinary SUV:s any more reasonable? And think about it, if we can get all the luxury SUV owners to do the switch, it will pave the road for us ordinary people. Battery prices will plummet when these kind of packs becomes commonplace. Cars with teeny weeny packs like the Leaf or the Volt will get real cheap. Three thumbs up!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Received a telephone call from "One World Energy" 877-276-5284, attempting to sell "Green Automotive"stock. The telephone number One World Energy called is on the National Do-Not-Call List. Apparently One World Energy does not pay any attention to the National Do-Not-Call List. The female making the illegal call said that "John" had talked to me a couples of months before and she asked if I remember talking to John. I asked her when John called. She responded by saying she did not know. I responded, "If you don't know when, how do you know he called a couple on months ago" Then she hung up! Why would I invest in publicly traded stock that is being offered by telephone? Sounds like another telephone scam. How do you to become a "Green Energy" Millionaire? Start Green Energy Investing as a Billionaire! Green Automotive stop hawking your stock over the telephone!!!!! How is the Chevy Volt as an investment? Hummmmmm!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's why it's wrong to use big wasteful vehicles for conversions. the cost of that waste becomes quite clear with battery drive.
      also why I advocate the exact opposite, lighter and more aerodynamic than any existing vehicle
      • 4 Years Ago
      Range Rover's are not cheap to begin with, ranging from £64,695 ($86,000) to £79,995($106,000) for the 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol engine, and the people who tend to buy them probably would not be bothered too much by the $250,000 price for an electric version.

      But considering it's an off-road vehicle, that 200 miles is rather range limiting.

      I think it's a step in the right direction. It will be nice to see over time, the range increasing and the price going down, as battery technology improves.

      I wish Range Rover themselves where offering this, as they are owned by Tata Motors of India, and they are already working on an EV, the Tata Indica Vista EV which recently captured two class wins in the Brighton to London Future Car Challenge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's just good to see a finished product that defies the oil industry in operation today not tomorrow! What the auto industry learns as a whole will define the greater range needed for other less expensive vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, this electric RR looks serious. Whether it's too expensive for us does not matter, even if a handful of people buy it, it'll make a difference. There can't be any progress without trying...
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