Here’s a Vanderhall you wouldn’t normally expect.
Think three-wheeled autocycles like the Venice or the Carmel, and you’re in the ballpark of what Provo, Utah-based Vanderhall normally builds. Well, this is a step in a totally different direction for the decade-old company. What’s more, you’ll be able to reserve one on July 15. Meet the Vanderhall Brawley, an electric 4×4 with what looks like some serious off-road chops. Check out the video below to see it doing a bit of desert blasting.
So, what’s going on under the skin? Formerly called the “Navarro”, the new Vanderhall Brawley GTS — the model now gracing the company’s website — packs four electric motors, one at each wheel. Vanderhall cites the output at 404 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. It uses a 300-volt electrical architecture, with the motor, inverter, geartrain, brakes and cooling system integrated into a single, low-maintenance unit. The Vanderhall Brawley will ultimately sell with two battery configurations available — either a 40 kWh or 60 kWh unit. Spring for the larger battery, and you should be able to manage 200 miles on a charge. While the Brawley is capable of DC fast charging, the 4×4 also has a 6-kilowatt onboard charger.
Don’t expect a horrendously complicated interior.
While you’re positively bombarded with technology in a modern electric car, the Vanderhall Brawley takes a remarkably simple approach to its interior. Just a small instrument cluster in front of the driver, a few toggle switches for the lights, media controls, climate and heated seat switches, and that’s about it. Underneath, there’s some properly beefy looking suspension and knobby 35-inch off-road tires.
No word on pricing from Vanderhall yet, but most of Vanderhall’s vehicles start out in the $35,000-$40,000 range. The company hopes to build 10,000 of these each year, and if they can hit that mark then the pricing likely won’t stray too far north of $40,000.