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Reborn Mini Moke gets electric power
2 May 2017 Chips Yap
The original Mini Moke ice
The Mini Moke was born in the 1950s as a military invention of ingenuity and portability but would eventually become a ‘cult car’ in its own way, just like the original Mini. Production of the Moke in England was between 1964 and 1968 but a factory in Portugal produced it from 1984 to 1993.
The Moke’s simple and open design made it popular with the beach crowd and it had many fans in America where the beach buggy craze had started. It was also popular at tourist resorts and in Macau, the police even used it as a patrol car.
Over the years, various small companies have built and sold Moke lookalikes and one company, Moke America, is will soon offer a US$15,975 (about RM69,000) version that is powered only by an electric motor (the original had petrol engines between 850 cc and 1275 cc, just like the Mini).
Though it looks like the original Moke, the one produced by Moke America has been upgraded and re-engineered. It is said to offer more leg room and extra cargo space with a ‘kickin’ sound system’.
Called the eMoke, it weighs 1,050 kgs and can use a 12 kwh gel or lithium-ion battery pack to power the 7.5 kW/98 Nm electric motor. Those who install the gel battery pack will need 8 to 10 hours using a 110V domestic power supply for recharging. With a fully-charged battery pack, it is claimed to have a range of 65 kms and a maximum speed of 40 km/h. The lithium-ion battery pack offers better range of almost 150 kms and charging time is 6 to 8 hours.
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The Mini Moke is back. Relive your youth with this british classic which is now available in the US as either an Electric or Gas version.
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