Electric Land Rover Defender Research Vehicle Revealed

Land Rover has unveiled an electric version of the Defender ahead of its debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show.

Electrified Defender is equipped with a 94bhp electric motor and a 27kWh lithium-ion battery pack, giving it a range of more than 50 miles. As the standard model, the Defender EV retains the legendary four-wheel drive system and differential lock. A modified version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response System has also been incorporated.

The battery weighs 410kg and is mounted in the front of the Defender, where the diesel engine is on the standard vehicle. Because of the battery, the kerb weight is 100kg more compared to the diesel powered vehicle.

“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.

Seven new electric Defender models will go into service in specialist real world trials later this year. According to Land Rover there are no plans to take the all-terrain electric Defender into series production.

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