US-built Mullen Five revealed as EV crossover

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New crossover packs a 95kWh battery and covers 0-100km/h in 3.2sec, with an even quicker, 320km/h-plus RS variant in the wings.

Sustainable clean energy company Mullen has given a rapid electric compact SUV its debut at the Los Angeles motor show.

The Mullen Five has a 95kWh battery, a claimed 520km range and a 0-100km/h time of 3.2sec. The model – which has been designed, engineered and manufactured in the US – is also capable of fast charging from empty to 80 per cent in 21 minutes. Its top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. A hotter RS model is expected with a Tesla-rivalling 0-100km/h time of 1.9sec and a top speed of over 320km/h.

The California-based car maker says the Five will be targeted towards the luxury market, with a level 2.5 advanced driver assist system, a choice of six exterior paint colours and “customisable interior configurations”.

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Equipment-wise, Mullen has promised active noise cancellation and facial recognition as well as a sentry mode. Inside, the Five gains a minimalist steering wheel, ambient lighting and wood on the dashboard and door inserts.

The model also features what the firm calls “Multi LED intelligent LIVE technology”, with a digital driver’s display and central infotainment screen. Rear passengers also have their own tablet-style screen and wireless phone charging is available.

Prices for the model start from $55,000 (AUD$75,000) in the US, with three levels of specification.

Production is scheduled to begin in 2023 in Tunica Mississippi, before deliveries take place in the second quarter of 2024. Customers can currently place a $100 reservation. The model was awarded ‘best zero-emission vehicle’ at the motor show.

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