May 31, 2022 - 12:55 pm

Mini Moke production kicks off

The legendary ‘Mini Moke’ beach car is celebrating its comeback with an all-electric drive. The company Moke International has started production of the electric Moke in Great Britain and plans to deliver the first units to customers there from June. However, the fun vehicle is not exactly cheap.

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At about the same time, deliveries will also begin in France, according to the company. With this, Moke International claims to be the first traditional brand to go fully electric.

The new Moke has a 33 kW electric drive system and offers a range of 75 miles (120 kilometres). The top speed is stated to be 100 km/h (62 mph). Moke does not give any details about the size and type of the battery in the announcement. Regarding the charging system, it only says that a charging process should take four hours. This is likely to be an AC-only charger.

The electric Moke is assembled in Great Britain, and over 60 per cent of the parts are said to come from Europe. The company does not disclose the origin of the remaining 40 per cent (and which components they are). There are five paint finishes available at launch, with more to be offered later in the year.

The small convertible off-roader was originally designed by Mini designer Alec Issigonis and manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC). The vehicle has been produced in various countries over the years and currently also serves as the basis for the electric Moke built in the US by Cruise Car Inc.

The base price for the Launch Edition is £29,150 before tax and subsidies. That is the equivalent of over 34,000 euros. The vehicles are also available in left-hand drive. The company has not yet published prices for continental Europe.

Update 21 July 2022

British brand Moke International has agreed to sell up to 100% of its shareholdings to Canada-based EV Technology Group. In a cash and stock transaction valued at $51.6 million, EVTG will acquire a further 50% of Moke International to own approximately 67.6% of the company and will maintain an option to acquire up to 100% of the remaining shares. Production of the electric Moke is already underway, with customer deliveries arriving in the coming weeks.

“I am proud and excited that MOKE International is becoming part of the EV Technology Group. It is the perfect Company to take our rapidly growing business to the next level with the right balance of expertise, investment, and ambition,” said Isobel Dando, CEO of MOKE, adding: “EV Technology Group’s in-house engineering and manufacturing expertise, and customer-centric technologies will also be invaluable to us as we continue to develop the Electric MOKE and more pioneering products.” (product page)


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