Zero Labs Electrifies Classic Bronco Design for the Future

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Zero Labs Bronco

First edition of electric Bronco has a 190-mile range, uses Level 2 charging and is limited to 150 copies.

It’s been ages since anyone could buy a new Bronco fresh off the assembly line. With the return of the classic ‘Mustang of the Dirt’ coming in the next decade, what can a Bronco fan do until then?

Perhaps go electric? Los Angeles-based Zero Labs has something for those who love the classic first-gen Bronco design, but want to keep things green while experiencing the greenery around them: the Zero Labs Ford Bronco.

Zero Labs Bronco

“A clean energy future does not have to come at the expense of our past,” said Zero Labs CEO and Founder Adam Roe. “We have committed ourselves to providing car lovers with both the spirit of the past and a clean energy future but at today’s standards. I am proud to say, after three years and thousands of hours in development, we have created a meaningful production vehicle so unique that one look is all it takes to forever change the way we separate the relationship between our past and our future.”

Zero Labs Bronco

The body of the Zero Labs Bronco is aerospace-grade carbon fiber, while the insides has lovely molded wood trim. Power comes from an electric motor making 369 horses and 177 lb-ft of torque to the corners via a five-speed manual/two-speed transfer case combo. It’ll handle the trail as well as a gas-powered Bronco with the aid of adjustable FOX shocks, and it can get you there and back with its 190-mile range. And of course, charging your pony’s 70-kWh battery will only take a couple hours or so if you have Level 2 charging at home or can find such a station along the way back.

Zero Labs Bronco

Zero Labs is taking no-payment-down orders for its first-edition Bronco, of which only 150 copies will be made. Once manufacturing begins, the 150 electric ponies will arrive in their new stalls near the end of 2020.

Zero Labs Bronco

As for how much one of these special retromod SUVs will cost, the company says it should be “within 10 to 15 percent of the high end,” adding that such vehicles from other similar builders can range from $160,000 to $300,000. That’s a hard sell for most of us, but we’re sure more than a few tech bros up north will replace their Tesla Model Xs with this electric Bronco.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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