- Moke is the first heritage car company to go full-electric.
- A new factory was built to manufacture bespoke vehicles for customers.
- Prices start at R589 000 in the UK. Moke has no plan to launch in SA.
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Moke International has announced the introduction of the all-electric Moke. Reservations for the car opened this week in the United Kingdom, with the first deliveries scheduled for the 2022 European summer season. From January 1 2022, it will no longer be possible to order Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Mokes, making the marque the first legacy manufacturer in the world to go fully electric.
According to the company's spokesmen, the introduction of a full-electric Moke reflects consistent customer demand for an updated version of one of the most beloved vehicles in the world. The Moke was the brainchild of legendary Mini designer Sir Alec Issigonis. He was tasked to create a vehicle robust enough to be parachuted behind enemy lines from an airplane.
The car proved far more popular with a 1960s glamour-set that included The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Brigette Bardot, in doing so establishing its legend as the ultimate beach house-to-waterfront shuttle. Moke International revived the brand in 2017, introducing several special editions that have proven highly popular amongst Moke fanatics and an entirely new generation of fun-seekers. This commercial success has underpinned the significant investment in securing the long-term future of the brand through electrification.
All Mokes can be ordered in right- or left-hand-drive, which means you could technically order one for Mzansi, if you are willing to deal directly with the retailer in the UK. We'd suggest getting in touch with the Department of Transport to determine if it could be registered for road use.
Prices start at R589 000 for a base model in the UK, and for your money, you get bespoke battery cells, motors and inverters sourced from Tier 1 European EV specialists. All-electric Mokes will be manufactured at a state-of-the-art facility operated by the Fablink Group in the UK. All these cars will be handcrafted by an expert team, some of whom have worked for Jaguar Land Rover and Morgan. The company currently boasts more than 46 000 square metres of production space across six sites and employs around 700 highly skilled engineers, production operators and technicians.
The new all-electric Moke sprints from a standstill to 55km/h in 4.5 seconds, and its top speed is electronically limited to 100km/h.
They say its maximum power of 33kW proves plenty for a vehicle that weighs just 800kg, while the range is fit for five round trips between Cap-Ferrat to Monaco (or 144km for us ordinary people). Charging takes four hours from empty to complete if you use a Type 2 EU Standard charger at home.
- Powertrain: Real wheel direct-drive (LHD and RHD models available)
- Motor Type: Three-phase AC Synchronous
- Range: 144km
- Charge Time: 4 hours
- Top Speed: 100km/h
- Max Power: 33kW
- Charger Port Type: Type 2 (EU Standard)
- Dimensions: 3225mm (l) x1660mm (w) x 1546mm (h)
- Weight: 800kg
- Ground Clearance: 180mm
For more information on the Moke all-electric car, visit the company's website here.
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