All Hail The World’s First Battery Electric “Classic” Ford Bronco

The market for classic cars is booming at the moment, and rugged off-roaders like the Land Rover Defender, Ford Bronco or Chevrolet K5 Blazer are becoming increasingly popular.

Whether in restored or restomodded form, the classic Bronco is hot property and we’ve seen some very spectacular (and expensive) projects in recent years. What we had not seen is an all-electric original Bronco, but a California-based startup called Zero Labs Automotive has got that covered.

Meet the Zero Labs Ford Bronco, the world’s first electric classic Bronco and the first premium classic electric vehicle, at least according to its maker. It’s a fully restored and re-engineered original Bronco featuring an aerospace grade carbon fiber bodywork, handcrafted walnut or bamboo interior panels, premium leather or vegan upholstery, a retro-styled digital gauge cluster and more than 1,000 newly-designed parts.

The iconic body shape houses a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery compatible with Level 2 charging that feeds a 360 hp permanent magnet AC motor for a driving range of 190 miles (306 km). The electric motor is connected to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to a part-time/full-time four-wheel drive system with an Atlas 2 two-speed transfer case.

The Bronco’s off-road prowess is further enhanced by the Currie front and rear differentials, an adjustable Fox coil over suspension, and Brembo six-piston caliper brakes. The electric Bronco is also fitted with digital telematics, a digital gauge cluster that sticks to the original design, and CAN network. All vehicle diagnostics and controls are placed behind a hidden screen and can be viewed on the user’s smartphone.

Interestingly, Zero Labs has future-proofed the Bronco by making the battery pack, viscous coupling unit (VCU) hardware/software, and control systems upgradable, so that owners can benefit from the (inevitable) advancements in EV technology.

The first edition of the all-electric Ford Bronco will be made in just 150 units, and is already available for pre-order. Pricing hasn’t been finalized yet but the company estimates a cost “in the upper 200’s or lower 300’s” for the electric Bronco. Yes, that’s hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars.

 

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  • Matt

    I do love the idea of a manual gearbox mated to an electric motor. It’s like ‘crackle’ maps on turbocharged cars, not actually necessary but a bit of fun.

    • Dude

      Same. I’ve always liked idea of unconventional MTs in cars in general. Toyota had a bold concept for a targa GT86 hybrid with an automatic manual transmission (it had a stick shift and buttons so idk). A manual CR-Z was my dream car many years ago when gas was $5/gal in IL.

  • no25

    On a side note, I hope Ford makes the new Bronco very similar to this with just a light (very light) modern touch.

  • COOL. I WOULD HAVE PANTED IT RED WITH A WHITE LID AND GRILLE AREA.

  • Bash

    Love it.

  • Paul Webster

    The accompanying videos make me think this guy would be really energy conscious if he were on a horse. No sale.

  • ace_9

    A toy for ultra-rich presented as something saving the future of a planet 😀

  • Enter Ranting

    I don’t understand the appeal of this.

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