ECD Auto Design Reveals EV Restomod Built for Off-Roading

ECD Auto Design (ECD) has revealed its latest build, a Defender 90 powered by the restomod builder’s EV2 drivetrain system, the company announced.

Features of Project Margaux include four-wheel drive, creep mode and regen braking for incline control and fast charging, the company said.

“EVs are no longer just for city driving – they can do it all. Project Margaux is the perfect example of how ECD’s EV2 system can perform on par with, and in some cases better than, a traditional V8 engine,” said ECD CTO and co-founder Elliot Humble.

Larger battery packs offset added weight from off-roading upgrades such as a roll cage and make high-grade mountain roads inconsequential obstacles. Plus, for adventurers looking to become one with nature, an EV is a logical choice – a quieter drivetrain means more wildlife sightings.

Project Margaux, finished in a metallic red, features modern safety upgrades, including a black multi-point roll cage and custom steering guard. BFGoodrich All Terrain tires and an ECD air ride suspension system add off-road capability, and complement other off-road and overlanding accessories, including the LED spotlight in the rear and a hitch receiver for trailers.

Project Margaux

  • Model — Defender 90
  • Engine — ECD Custom Electric
  • Transmission — Direct drive with selectable two- or four-wheel drive, High and Low Range
  • Axles — Stock
  • Suspension — ECD Air Ride
  • Brakes — Red High Performance ALCON


  • Paint Color — Metallic Aston Martin Dubonnet Rosso in Gloss
  • Roof — Black canvas
  • Wheels — 18-inch Kahn 1983
  • Tires — BFGoodrich All Terrain
  • Grille — Mesh
  • Bumper — Classic with daytime running lights
  • Additional Features — External door handles color-matched to body color, black steering guard, multi-point roll cage, one LED spot light in rear gate, hitch receiver & trailer


  • Seat Layout — 2+2
  • Front Seats — Corbeau RRS, heated and ventilated
  • Load Area Seats — Two forward-facing jump seats
  • Leather Color — Spinneybeck Antique
  • Seat Design — Vertical diamond stitch
  • Dash – Puma
  • Carpet — Black
  • Steering Wheel — NRG Innovations wood wheel
  • Gauges — ECD electric set
  • Additional Features — Oak wood cargo area flooring, rear jump seat covers, glovebox with leather strap

Audio & Electronics

  • Infotainment — Touchscreen
  • Sound System — JL Audio speakers subwoofer
  • Additional Features — Three USB ports, blind spot assistant, digital rear view mirror, Bluetooth, CarPlay

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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