MOKE International have announced the introduction of the all-electric MOKE. Even more impressive is that from 1 January 2022 it will no longer be possible to order internal combustion engine (ICE) MOKEs, making the marque the first legacy manufacturer in the world to go fully electric.
The MOKE was the brainchild of legendary Mini designer Sir Alec Issignois. He was tasked to create a vehicle robust enough to be parachuted behind enemy lines from an aeroplane.
The MOKE proved far more popular with 1960s glamour and bands including Brigette Bardot, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. This firmly established it as the ultimate beach house to waterfront shuttle.
The introduction of the MOKE all-electric vehicle (EV) reflects consistent customer demand for clean-air powertrains. By transitioning to an electrification powertrain it has significantly increased performance married to the benefits of silent driving for undisturbed open-air motoring.
The new MOKE will be even more fun to drive and offers a maximum power of 33Kw which is good for a vehicle that weighs just 800kg. It is a nippy little mover hitting 0-34mph (0-55kph) in just 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 62mph (100kph).
The MOKE will offer up to 90 miles (144km) of range which is fine for most who would use this sort of vehicle for short trips. Charging takes around four hours.
This is a smart move by MOKE and hopefully, more smaller sized car brands will follow suit. If you can make a car that offers more performance, is more efficient, and most importantly, more sustainable why wouldn’t you, especially if demand is there.
Isobel Dando, MOKE International CEO, said: “MOKE going electric secures the appeal of one of Britain’s best loved marques for many generations to come.
“MOKE’s marriage of fun, personality and open air thrills will only be enhanced through the performance and silent running of an electric powertrain. We are proud to write a new chapter in one of British automotive folklore’s best love stories.”
The new electric MOKEs will be manufactured in the marque’s home, the United Kingdom, at a state-of-the-art facility operated by the Fablink Group. Battery cells, motors and inverters are all sourced from Tier 1 European suppliers and have been engineered in the United Kingdom.
All MOKEs can be ordered in left- or right-hand drive and prices start from £29,150 (+VAT). Reservations can be made today with the first deliveries scheduled in time for the 2022 European summer season.