Zero Labs Electrifies Classic Bronco Design for the Future
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.
“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.”
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 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.
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.