While you probably remember the great success and untimely demise of Toyota’s previous all-electric RAV4 EV, larger, pure electric SUV haven’t yet been attempted by major automakers.
But a transatlantic firm called Liberty has been working on changing that with an electric vehicle based on an converted Range Rover, the 2011 Liberty E-Range.
Popular with premiere-league soccer stars in the U.K, the Range Rover brand is considered the number one premium SUV on the U.K. market, with prices starting at $111,000 for the base-level, 4.4 liter V8-powered Diesel 2011Range Rover Vogue.
So its no shock that Liberty’s conversion more than doubles the of Land Rover’s 3 ton luxury beast to over $225,000.
For that money, Liberty claims a 0-60 time of 7 seconds, a range of up to 200 miles, and a top speed of 85mph.
Added to the specification list is a charging system which Liberty is unique, allowing the Range E to charge from a wide range of sources, including standard charging stations, a domestic power outlet, a rapid charging station and even an inductive under-car mat.
Liberty is also so confident in its car that will supposedly offer a 13 year or 300,000 mile warranty on its proprietary battery pack.
When we wrote about the Liberty E-Range last year, the firm was promising to enter production by the end of 2010. To our knowledge, that has yet to happen, but Liberty wouldn’t be the first electric car company to delay production and product launch.
Tomorrow, we’ll be getting a chance to sit behind the wheel of a Liberty and put it through its paces in Coventry, England.
LIberty hasn’t detailed its launch plans for the E-Range yet, but as it has an office in Chicago, IL, we think there’s a distinct possibility we could see this car on the roads of the U.S. at some point.
Obviously, we’ll be covering the basics in our First Drive Report, but is there anything you specifically want to know?
Let us know in the Comments below, and we’ll be sure to answer as many questions as we can during our first drive tomorrow.