Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

By - February 28th, 2013

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

Land Rover is set to unveil a total of seven Land Rover Defender Research Vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show, featuring a 70kW electric motor in lieu of the standard diesel engine and gearbox found in 110-Series Defenders. Powered by a 300-volt lithium-ion battery with a 27kWh capacity, the electric motor puts out 94 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque through a single-speed transmission. The range is rated at more than 50 miles, with the battery lasting up eight hours during low-speed off-road use. A full recharge takes four hours with a 7kW fast charger, or 10 hours with a portable 3kW charger. The low-speed electric drivetrain, air-cooled rather than liquid-cooled, is well suited for climbing offroad obstacles, as well as wading through 800mm of water. Though Land Rover says there are no plans for the electric Defender to enter production, the seven EVs will be used in specialist real world trials later this year.

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

Land Rover Defender Electric Research Vehicle

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