Zero Labs’ Skateboard EV Platform Has Been Designed Specifically For Electromods

Electromods are increasing in popularity and they’ve been embraced by everyone from Aston Martin to Jaguar.

However, they aren’t for the faint of heart as many projects involve scouring junkyards for batteries and electric motors, and then piecemealing everything together.

That’s obviously less than ideal, so Zero Labs has come up with the “world’s first complete electric platform developed specifically for transforming the most beloved classic gasoline and diesel vehicles into clean energy heroes.”

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At its heart is a skateboard-like chassis that can be modified to fit a number of classic off-roaders including the Ford Bronco, International Scouts, Toyota FJs and a variety of Land Rovers such as the Series II and III. The company also said the platform will support the Ford F-100 and F-150 as well as other vehicles in the future.

Full details will be announced at a later date, but the platform has a floor-mounted lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 85 or 100 kWh. The base battery provides a range in excess of 200 miles (321 km), while the 100 kWh battery increases that to more than 235 miles (378 km).

The platform features an independent suspension, a regenerative braking system, and a rear-mounted electric motor that develops 296 hp (200 kW / 300 PS) and 243 lb-ft (330 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a dual motor powertrain that gives vehicles all-wheel drive as well as 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS). Speaking of options, buyers can order an air suspension and Brembo brakes.

While classic bodies simply sit atop the new architecture, there will be some minor modifications inside the cabin. In particular, vehicles will be equipped with a digital instrument cluster that is a faithful recreation of the original gauges.

Production is slated to begin next year and each Classic Electric Platform will include “full labor for disassembly, prep, conversion and testing.” The big unknown remains pricing, but none of this sounds cheap.


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Updated: December 5, 2020 — 12:10 am

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