American start-up launches electrified classic Ford Bronco

California-based EV start-up Zero Labs Automotive has unveiled a re-engineered classic Ford Bronco with an electric powertrain. 

The electric version of the iconic 1965 4×4 features a brushless permanent magnet AC motor producing 277lb ft of torque and 434bhp – a 500% increase over the original straight-six petrol engine. 

Power is sent to either the rear axle or all four wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, marking a break from convention for EVs, which typically make use of a single-speed transmission.

Zero Labs’ first production vehicle stores its power in a 70kWh lithium ion battery pack, making it good for a claimed 190 miles of range.

Despite significant modification to the original chassis, the electric Bronco is said to retain 1000 original parts.

The model’s renowned off-road capability has been preserved with the installation of a two-speed transfer case, high-performance front and rear differentials, adjustable coilover suspension and Brembo six-piston disc brakes, while the styling has been recreated with newly fabricated carbonfibre body panels, which are claimed to be fitted with 4mm of tolerance.