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Geneva News: Seven electric Defender models to dominate Land Rover stand

The 110 Defenders use a 70kW (94bhp), 330Nm electric motor twinned with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 27kWh, giving a range of more than 50 miles. Land Rover claims up to eight hours of use in typical, low-speed off-road conditions, with a full charge taking four hours by a 7kW fast charger, or a portable 3kW charger in 10 hours.

The vehicles retain the Defender’s four-wheel drive system and differential lock. Because the electric motor delivers maximum torque from the moment it starts, there’s no need for gear shifting and the transmission comprises a single speed, 2.7:1 reduction gearbox combined with the existing Defender four-wheel drive system. A modified version of Land Rover’s Terrain ResponseSystem has also been incorporated.

The vehicles were developed by Land Rover’s Advanced Engineering Team following successful trials of the Defender-based electric vehicle, Leopard 1.

The carmaker added that the vehicles’ capability has been tested in extreme and environmentally sensitive conditions, including pulling a 12-tonne “road train” up a 13% gradient and wading to a depth of 800mm.

Land Rover said there are no plans for the all-terrain electric Defender to go into mass production but the seven EVs will go into service in specialist real world trials later this year.

‘This project is acting as a rolling laboratory for Land Rover to assess electric vehicles, even in the most arduous all-terrain conditions. It gives us a chance to evolve and test some of the technologies that may one day be introduced into future Land Rover models,’ said Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover head of research.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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