PHOTO CAPTION: Land Rover Electric Defender pulling visitor trams at Eden Project.

Land Rover Starts Real World Trials of Electric Defender

All-electric Land Rover 4x4 is being tested at Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall and has a range of 50 miles, plus a 12.5 mile reserve.

Published: 02-Aug-2013

Whitley, UK - The first Electric Defender has started work at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall in an inaugural real world trial of its capabilities. Unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the Land Rover Electric Defender is a pioneering research project into the electrification of an all-terrain vehicle.

The project forms part of Land Rover's overall sustainability objectives which have included the move to aluminum platforms in the latest all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport as well as the forthcoming Range Rover hybrid products. The innovative 4x4 is a rolling laboratory to develop new ideas, and investigate electrification in a real-world environment. A fleet of six vehicles will be placed with organisations where their performance can be assessed.

The Defender 110 Pick Up badged 'All terrain Electric Research Vehicle' effortlessly tows the four-carriage 12 tonne road train carrying up to 60 passengers on a 6 per cent incline to and from the iconic hexagonal-panelled domes. The vehicle has been designed to perform its duties throughout each day before being recharged over night for the approximate cost of £2.00.


Land Rover Range-e prototype plug-in hybrid.

The prototype Range_e uses a 3.0-liter V-6 coupled to a 69kW electric motor pumping its electricity from a 14.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Land Rover Electric Defender demonstrates ability to handle off-road conditions.

All-Terrain Electric Defender is powered by 70kW electric motor and 300V lithium-ion battery with 27kWh capacity, giving it a range of more than 50 miles.

Ranger Rover electric car apparently would be based on Evoque model.

New electric Range Rover project would include consortium of gov't stakeholders, suppliers and universities, and run for two years.


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