Everrati Series IIA: an electric Land Rover for the new age
In the Everrati Series IIA, the Land Rover, Britain’s favourite workhorse, now has an eco-friendly stablemate.
Companies that convert classic cars into electric vehicles (EVs) generally swap the engines for the batteries and electric motors from crashed Teslas. Everrati, which has “given a true British icon, the original Land Rover”, the EV treatment”, does things differently, says Tim Pitt in City AM.
Everrati specialises in converting opulent gas-guzzlers into debonair eco-friendly motors and “substituting cubic inches for kilowatt-hours”. Having previously converted the classic Porsche 911 and Ford GT4 of Le Mans fame, the company has now turned its attention to the Land Rover. It rebuilds the classic workhorse “from the ground up”, with upgraded brakes, suspension and steering, and the result will still turn heads like any retro marvel should.
Everrati has done well to retain the car’s character, even going as far as to retain a few of the flaws that Land Rover enthusiasts love so much. Everrati’s Series IIA, like the car it is based on, remains “a frankly terrible drive – it’s noisy, unrefined, wanders about the road and hops over even the smallest bump like a spring lamb”, says Sam Burnett in Top Gear. But it remains “glorious” for all that. A Land Rover should be bulky, a little unwieldy perhaps, with endearing quirks and a charmingly rugged character. And Everrati’s version is just that. It will still excel off-road too, with plenty of power to deliver a respectable performance. It’s pretty comfortable inside as well. The interiors have been refurbished to compete with the best that today’s motoring has to offer, boasting re-trimmed leather seats and an audio system slotted nicely into the old central cubby box.
Even those who miss the clattering diesel engine and crunching gears are catered for, says Adam Hay-Nicholls in GQ. The ride is nearly silent, but you can project engine noises through the car’s exterior. “One customer has specified the sound of a galloping horse. Why not a stampede? With the app, you can do both – or anything else that takes your fancy.” Price: £150,0