Lunaz to double workforce as global demand for electric classics grows
Lunaz has announced a doubling of its workforce at its Silverstone, England-based headquarters. The firm, founded in 2018, has rapidly become a leader in the creation of hand-made electric classic cars.
“Legislation to reduce carbon emissions through bans on petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines is an urgent reality,” said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. “Lunaz is electrifying the most beautiful classic cars in the world so that they can be driven and enjoyed by future generations.”
This growth is driven by rapidly expanding global demand for truly sustainable luxury goods. Governments in many major markets are also engaged in creating legislation that will ban the sale of new gas, diesel, and hybrid powertrains in the coming two decades. This includes Britain, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced that a ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion powertrains will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035.
The company’s current team includes 35 engineers, craftspeople, designers, and electric powertrain specialists. The number of specialist engineers, craftspeople, and designers will double by the end of the year as consumer sentiment shifts towards a requirement for zero-emissions luxury cars. Hilton will lead the recruitment process.
The company's debut car, a 1953 Jaguar XK120, is now ready to go into production following successful completion of an exhaustive period of testing and proving. According to the company, this includes range tests that have proven the car comparable against the latest electric cars in all conditions. Numbers will be limited.
In addition to the Jaguar, a 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V and 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud are nearing completion ahead of the opening of order books for limited production runs. A 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur also joins the Lunaz collection, adding a third iconic British marque to the company's stable of electrified classics.
Every electric classic undergoes total restoration before it is converted to the firm’s proprietary electric powertrain. Modern technological features including satellite navigation, smartphone connectivity, full climate control, and power steering will be sensitively integrated to deliver on the company’s promise to create the most sustainable, usable, and reliable classic cars in the world.
Each car benefits from fast charging capability, regenerative braking, and the scope for clients to specify highly unique personalization through consultation with a specialist designer. This is meant to ensure no two electric classic cars are ever the same.
Battery size of the electric Jaguar XK120 is 80 kWH, the equivalent to 700 N·m of torque (516 lb ft) from zero engine speed and 375 bhp. The twin motors will propel the car from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in under 5 s. Range is expected to match a new electric car.
Order books are open now and build slots can be secured through direct relationship with the factory. Prices start at £350,000 plus local taxes and import duties.
For more information, visit www.lunaz.design.