Here’s why rugged off-road EVs should become more mainstream

What's not to love about them?

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If you are reading this, then it means you have read the title, clicked on this post and wondered what on earth this guy is on about. You either totally agree with it or think it's a load of rubbish and prefer diesel-powered off-road vehicles.

Well, I am here to say my bit on why I think these kinds of rugged off-road EVs should become more mainstream. I mean, imagine if this sort of thing became the norm, it would simply be epic.

Earlier this week, Mercedes unveiled a prototype named the EQC 4x4 Squared and it is essentially a standard EQC but with chunky tyres, a wider stance thanks to some wheel arch extensions, a doubled ride-height and a grey exterior. It is quite simply bonkers but it also makes so much sense.

A lot of people treat off-roading as a hobby, right? Well, why not make that better for the environment by trundling around the countryside in an uber-capable EV instead of pouring black smoke over everyone and little baby squirrels.

And it doesn't just have to be something which looks like it's from The Jetsons as I even saw a battery powered Land Rover Defender (old shape) the other day and that seems to be the ticket out of this rut. That is a car which is known to be powered by a big clunky TDI engine, but this one was completely powered by batteries. Yes, it couldn't go as far on one tank/charge but it gets the job done and it get's it done so effortlessly.

It also looks like a proper off-roader and I think that's what people look for, more often than not. And whether you say this takes the fun out of it or not, there is still skill involved, just a different kind. And on top of that, these can be used on the roads too and not exclusively off the beaten track and I like that.

I have even seen some Tesla Model 3s which have been converted off-roaders and I think they look wicked. They may not make total sense but at least it shows that even cars such as the Model 3 can be turned into an off-roader and is no doubt really quite good.

So, next time you have a go at off-roading EVs, remember they are probably more capable and don't pollute the environment you drive through. Just something to think about.

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Comments (10)

  • They are too heavy - carrying around 400 kgs of battery equals a 20L jerry can. Making the whole structure of the vehicle bigger and the drivetrain more powerful just to be more capable is totally counter-productive. In a trial environment it could work, but manufacturing pointlessly robust chassis and suspension hurts the environment more than a small-size diesel pickup driving through the forest.

      13 days ago
  • they will. Because of Extreme E

      14 days ago
  • Looks fantastic

      13 days ago
  • Electric cars are gay

      10 days ago
  • Destined to be the LATEST and silliest Chelsea Tractor High Street has ever seen

      12 days ago

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