Electric vehicles are the future of the motoring industry so it’s always heartening to see ones as awesome looking as this E.C.D x Electric Classic Cars Tesla-Powered Electric Defender hitting the market. E.C.D are America’s leading specialist for restored custom Defenders and classic Land Rovers and they’ve announced their partnership with U.K. auto leader Electric Classic Cars (ECC), an expert in electric conversions of classic vehicles, to create this breathtaking steed that we’re loving here at Coolector HQ.
A collaborative project between two leading lights in the world of automotive engineering and design, this E.C.D x Electric Classic Cars Tesla-Powered Electric Defender showcases what is is possible in this market and it perfectly combines the old school cool vibes of a Defender with the 21st century technology of a Tesla powered vehicle. E.C.D made it their mission to create the first electric Defender in the U.S. with Tesla drivetrain and the two brands have shown unparalleled attention to detail, engineering prowess and quality control, making them true industry leaders.
One of a Kind Experience
The best in U.S. and U.K. engineering have made use of the world-class Tesla technology to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind experience for classic car fanatics and Defender enthusiasts alike and we’re loving the aesthetics and performance of this E.C.D x Electric Classic Cars Tesla-Powered Electric Defender here at Coolector HQ. The first electric Defender in the U.S. will roll off the line later this year and we can’t wait, that’s for sure.
E.C.D. carefully selected ECC as its electric drivetrain solution partner to make sure there was an alignment of brand values focused on delivering impeccable builds and experiences unlike any other. Similar to E.C.D., the founders of ECC began the brand based on a passion for classic vehicles and the inspiration to bring them into the 21st century in terms of performance and environmental impact. This meeting of similar mindsets has led to the best possible outcome in the form of this stunning E.C.D x Electric Classic Cars Tesla-Powered Electric Defender.
At E.C.D., every Defender build is started and completed in-house at its 45,000 square foot facility. Based upon the notion that customers don’t buy their dream car – they build it – customising every aspect of the vehicle, alongside E.C.D.’s 47 true craftsmen and technicians over 2,200 hours. E.C.D. completes approximately 60 custom defenders every year, building atop a rich heritage by restoring classic vehicles with integrity.
The team at E.C.D worked tirelessly to make sure the electric drivetrain would reach its full potential in a Defender, given these heavier vehicles are not as aerodynamic. The resulting electric setup is versatile, and keeps the vehicle’s superb on and off-roading performance potential. These machines also boast downhill assist and traction control, an anti-lock braking system, regenerative braking and a entirely upgraded driveline to cope with the power. The electric parking brake system provides a sense of luxury to proceedings and the vehicle’s clutch pedal, gear stick and hi/lo ratio selector make the interior space feel more spacious.
Installing the Tesla motor in E.C.D. custom defenders offers 450 bhp and 0-60 in under 5 seconds. For anyone that would wants a touch more speed, there will be a 600 bhp option for 0-60 in the 3 second range. The direct drive means no shifter, and customers can just push the button to drive. The E.C.D. electric lineup is 50 state compliant, so purchasers across the States can discover this new level of refinement and power in perfect silence.