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This new iteration of the Yorkshire-based specialist’s EV Defender has appeared around the same time as their fruity new LT1 V8 conversion. So, despite its £270,000 (VAT included) price tag, the electric Defender might be seen as the more sensible offering.

The Corris Gray XS-spec 90 truck cab uses a 61kWh “high voltage” system, with batteries installed under the hood and where the fuel tank used to be. Twisted says it should be good for 130 miles, and charging is via a J1772 connector (single phase).

Instead of a shifter and low range lever, you’ll find a simple control panel with large D/N/R buttons alongside a small monitor (displaying data such as drive mode and range). Other interior features include full soundproofing, Motolita steering wheel, high-back leather seats and an Alpine double-DIN head unit incorporating sat-nav and rear-view camera.

The control panel is where the levers were

Alcon (6-piston front/4-piston rear) and BF Goodrich off-road brakes fitted with 18-inch five-spoke alloys are familiar Twisted flats. As for off-road credentials, the EV version promises the same rollover and departure angles as the original Defender, with a high/low gear box and center differential lock.

Usability is its trump card, Twisted boss Charles Fawcett tells us. “I went greenlaning with the family over the weekend. Five hours of driving, and it was so simple and easy. It was great to be able to use it properly for the first time, rather than just riding it for testing.

Twisted describes the EV system as “completely modular, so the technology enhances the individual components, which means the car is future-proof and should last you a lifetime.”

It sure beats, given its price tag of two well-specced plug-in hybrid Range Rovers. And while the electric Defender is ULEZ compliant, for £270,000 you can buy a new V8 Range Rover SV (from £173,200) and drive it around London every day for, uh, 21 years…

But that’s not the point!

Twisted’s EV Defender is currently available for sale in Yorkshire.

Twisted EV interior

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Twisted EV interior


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