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5 August 2020

You can keep your Tesla Model X. I'll take this electric Land Rover Defender!

By Matt CampbellMatt Campbell
  • The combustion engines has been removed to make way for a big battery pack and electric motor. The combustion engines has been removed to make way for a big battery pack and electric motor.
  • These innovative Defender retro-mods starts at USD $185,000 (AUD $257,932). These innovative Defender retro-mods starts at USD $185,000 (AUD $257,932).
  • The upgrades extend to the interior as well. The upgrades extend to the interior as well.

Custom-built retro-mod electric cars are all the rage, particularly in America. 

Just last week we saw the NAS-E from Twisted Automotive, and now Zero Labs is getting in on the act with its own heritage heart-transplant hero.

The US brand is turning Series III Land Rover models into modern-day electric cruisers, with the choice of the classic wagon design, known as the Series III Classic, or an open-air beachy bruiser called the Series III Beach.

Both have seen their combustion engines removed to make way for a big battery pack and electric motor. The battery options are 85kWh or 100kWh, while the motor is capable of outputting as much as 600 horsepower (447kW). 

The running gear gets upgraded, too, with independent front and rear suspension, revised brakes and steering, and of course there are big upgrades to the appearance inside and out.

You can spec your design and performance to suit your needs... but it'll cost you. The indicative pricing for these innovative Defender retro-mods starts at USD $185,000 (AUD $257,932). For context, the Model X Performance lists from $179,511.