Munro Vehicles has unveiled its first pre-production model, the Series-M 4x4 Utility (hard top).
The first production unit comes just ten months after the reveal of the MK_1 prototype pick-up truck in December 2022.
Munro's production marks a return to light vehicle mass production in Scotland, a milestone not seen since the closure of the Linwood car plant in 1981. The Series-M Utility showcases innovations inspired by customer feedback, also benefiting the concurrently produced Series-M Truck (open-bed).
Marcus Mackle, Munro head of vehicle sales, said: "The Series-M Utility's entry into mass production is not only a pivotal moment for Munro but also a historical one for Scotland. It marks the revival of light vehicle mass production, absent since 1981."
The pre-production rollout signifies the next phase in Munro's strategic vision to manufacture 2500 vehicles annually, creating an additional 300 jobs in Scotland by 2027 to support global sales. With a robust two-year customer order book valued at £68 million, Munro aims to capitalize on the global market opportunity, catering to sectors like agriculture, construction, defense, disaster relief, and forestry.
The Series-M gets a full suite of safety features, including airbags, ABS brakes, stability, and traction control. The Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery pack enhances durability, offering a swift 30-minute, 130kW DC rapid charging time. The vehicle, engineered for 50 years of service with routine maintenance and planned refurbishment, promises zero-tailpipe emissions and optimum off-road performance.
Munro has received over 250 pre-orders for both Utility and Truck models, indicating strong market demand, particularly in sectors requiring radical solutions for meeting decarbonization targets.
As Munro looks ahead, the completion of the Series-M Utility underscores its commitment to pioneering electric 4x4s, contributing to a sustainable automotive future. The global rollout of Munro's Series-M signifies a new era in Scottish automotive excellence, combining innovation, customer feedback, and environmental responsibility.
All-electric 4x4 manufacturer Munro Vehicles has revealed its second model, the Mk_1 Pick-Up truck.
The Scottish built Munro pick-up is an ultra-utilitarian off-roader that follows in the wake of the Munro MK_1 Truck that was first unveiled in December.
Powered by an electric motor producing a peak power output of 280kW and 700Nm of torque, the Munro MK_1 Pick-Up is said to have a 0 to 60mph time of just 4.9 seconds. If top speed isn’t your main criteria, however, a lesser 220kW motor option will also be provided.
Power to the motor comes from an 82.4kWh battery capable of taking a 100kW DC charge. That should be enough to take the battery from 15% to 80% in just 36 minutes. When fully charged the MK_1 has a range of more than 190 miles. Munro says that that is enough for the truck to “operate off-road for up to 16 hours on a single battery charge”.
The Munro MK_1 Pick-Up can carry up to 1050kg, and has space for a Euro Pallet payload in its load area. Shown in Performance trim with yellow paintwork and , the Performance model also has a 3,500kg maximum braked towing capacity.
Designed, engineered, and built in Britain, the Munro is the first light vehicle to enter production in Scotland in more than four decades.
Prices will start from £49,995 excluding VAT. Deliveries are expected to start later in the year. More than 200 pre-orders for the MK_1 Pick-Up have already been made. Munro says that three of these have come from FTSE 100 companies and ten from FTSE 250 companies.
As a result of the orders, Munro says that it now has a full two-year order book for its current models, the MK_1 Pick-Up and the MK_1 Truck. Munro is therefore stepping up its search for larger premises.