First all-electric Munro Series-M 4x4 leaves production line with a £68M customer pipeline confirmed
Munro Vehicles, a manufacturer of all-electric 4x4s and Scotland’s only volume car company, has completed its first pre-production model. The white Series-M Utility, a hard top five-seater 4x4, leaves the factory in East Kilbride just ten months after Munro unveiled the MK_1 prototype model in Edinburgh in December 2022.
The roll-out of the Series-M Utility signifies the next phase of Munro’s strategic vision to expand its production facilities and grow its workforce, and bring 300 new jobs to the region by 2027. Achieving scale-up will allow Munro to increase production from 50 vehicles over the next twelve months, to 200 units per annum and 2500 by 2027.
Munro seeks to capitalize on a global market opportunity. The company, which has been named as a finalist in the Fully Charged awards for Best innovative EV Manufacturer, is positioned to support customers operating in demanding sectors. These include agriculture, construction, defense, disaster relief and forestry. The Munro Series-M will empower customers to de-carbonize their 4x4 vehicle fleets, without compromising on off-road performance, practicality, and durability.
Comprehensive feedback was collated during an extensive customer test drive program.
After listening to our customers, we introduced numerous improvements. These included an adjustable steering column with steering wheel controls, plus a raft of ergonomic enhancements. A full suite of safety equipment, including airbags, ABS brakes, stability, and traction control, is also now offered.—Munro CEO and co-founder Russell Peterson
The transition to superior body panelling ensures components can be more easily replaced. This further bolsters Munro’s philosophy of engineering out obsolescence to create all-electric 4x4’s capable of fifty years of environmentally friendly, zero tailpipe-emission service.
At the rear of the vehicle, an exoskeleton mounted on the hardtop of the Utility specification models enables easy mounting of equipment. This is wholly in keeping with Munro’s determination to create a versatile all-electric 4x4 with an array of options to meet a wide range of diverse customer needs.
The introduction of a more durable, longer-lasting LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery pack provides a faster 30-minute, 130kW rapid charging time. Munro has also significantly improved the thermal efficiency of the vehicle. Waste heat, scavenged from the drivetrain, can now be used to heat the cabin.
The Munro Series-M is offered in standard M170 170kW and high-power M280 280kW versions and in Utility (hard top) and Truck (open-bed) configurations.
The company has received more than 250 pre-orders for both the Utility and Truck models.