I’m always looking for the next dirty mobile, and Vanderhall has piqued my curiosity with the all-electric Brawley. This closed-sided electron-powered side-by-side has a range of up to 200 miles with four electric motors producing 404 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It will be the first high-performance electric UTV when it comes online as a 2022 model.
Vanderhall, famous for itsjoked a four-wheeled earth slinger named the last november. The Brawley appears to be the next iteration of that concept, albeit with a name change.
Visually, the Brawley seems to have been heavily inspired by theat the front with its slotted grille and round headlights poking out from behind. However, with 22 inches of travel, 35-inch tires, and internal bypass shocks, you can likely handle the screaming at a much faster pace. Four-wheel steering is also included, which seems a bit over the top with such a short wheelbase, but hey, if you want to turn a dime, this is the machine for you.
The energy for those 200 miles is stored in a 40 kWh or 60 kWh battery that operates on a 300-volt architecture. That won’t allow for an incredibly fast charge like the 800 volt.other But DC fast charging is available to give you 80% of a charge in less than an hour.
Additionally, the company did not specify whether it is 200 miles of pavement or miles of dirt. In my experience, a 60 kWh battery paired with a light vehicle will only last that long on the pavement. I would expect the dune attack, as shown in the company’s promotional video, to produce a range closer to 50 or 60 miles on a charge. That soft sand offers a lot of resistance, all of you.
The Brawley has a removable roof section and also comes with heat and air conditioning, a stereo system, and optional heated seats. There is room for four adults in the two-door Brawley.
One thing I don’t see on the Brawley is a spare tire, which is a bit of a concern. Hopefully Vanderhall will add some support to the rear before launch. I’m certainly not going off the road without a spare, and neither should you.
Vanderhall did not disclose pricing or availability, but you can pre-order your Brawley starting July 15 on the company’s website.
Vanderhall Brawley Electric SUV is Part Jeep, Part UTV
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