AVA Electrifi, the Wicklow-based electric car firm, has announced a new project to provide electric powertrains for classic Land Rover Defender models.
Ecologically sound classics
AVA, which recently announced plans to start making a €1 million electric supercar, based on the 1960s Corvette sports car, has signed an agreement with ACH Classic, a Northamptonshire-based classic Land Rover specialist. According to AVA Electrifi: "[Our] experience in making classic cars more reliable and ecologically sound through electrification, while ACH Classic brings its record of excellence in craftsmanship and restoration."
Electrifi founder Norman Crowley said ACH Classic are the "best in the business" at restoring classic Land Rovers and Defenders, and the partnership "aligns with Electrifi's aim to lead the field at electrifying this class of vehicle."
Reliable, safe, zero carbon
Crowley continues, "We specialise in electrifying classic cars, rebuilding them from the ground up to make them more reliable, safer and zero carbon. Teaming up with ACH Classic to electrify classic Land Rovers and Land Rover Defenders will enable us to combine their experience at restoration with our experience at electrifying vehicles and optimising them with the latest technology. It is a very exciting partnership."
Benchmark for quality
David Atkinson, Founder and Managing Director of ACH Classic said, "We have been building beautiful Land Rovers for many years now and been described as the benchmark for levels of quality and craftmanship. The partnership with AVA Electrifi is the obvious next step to being able to secure the future of our business and of these iconic vehicles indefinitely. AVA Electrifi bring state of the art OEM level technology and a wealth of knowledge to compliment the ACH Classic's operation, along with the ability to broaden the scope of our market worldwide. We couldn't be more excited for the future in this partnership."
No details of the performance of the electric Defenders, nor how much they will cost, has yet been mentioned, but we'll bring you updates as we get them.