Czech-built Spartan EV 2.0 offers electric-only off-roading

Marrying an Indian-built Force Gurkha off-roader with an all-electric drivetrain, MW Motors has created the Spartan EV 2.0.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the predecessor to this vehicle featured in these pages back in 2020.

At that time, the Czech firm was using a Russian-built UAZ Hunter as its base vehicle. But, for obvious reasons, it’s had to change tack since then.

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For the EV 2.0, MWM fits the Force Gurkha shell with a 61kWh battery pack and 130kW/1,075Nm electric motor, which together give it a range of about 150 miles.

Four-wheel drive comes courtesy of a traditional pickup-style system, with a high-low transfer box and locking differentials on both the front and rear axles.

The torquey motor also means it can tow a respectable 3t and the rear cargo area is rated to carry 1,025kg.

View of electric vehicle's load bay

© MW Motors

This leaves room for just two seats up front, which means it’s classed as a commercial vehicle for VAT purposes.

Suspension is provided by coil springs on all corners, with a beam rear axle and a wishbone setup at the front.

Like some high-end electric cars, the Spartan has an optional vehicle-to-load system that allows it to act as a huge battery pack for running tools or high-powered equipment.

The three-door model is available to order now, with a current delivery time of 26 weeks.

Prices start at a punchy £48,995 in white, with metallic paint adding £399 and the vehicle-to-load system another £1,599.

A five-door model will be coming in 2025.

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