Land Rover Defender goes “green” image

Land Rover has released the first details and images with an all-terrain electric version of the Defender, which has a pretty good chance of entering production some day.

The Land Rover Defender is probably one of the most appreciated off-road vehicles out there and now the model is getting ready to become even “greener”, with the British based automaker announcing an all-terrain electric version of the popular SUV. According to JLR, the Land Rover Defender EV in question is not aimed towards production just yet and the model is currently being tested by the company.

“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 the automaker’s head of research, Antony Harper.

The newest creation signed by Land Rover is named the Defender All-Terrain Electric and seven vehicles have already been made, all of them based on the 2013 Defender. The diesel engine and the transmission have been replaced by a 70 kW (94 HP) electric motor, which is coming with 221 lb-ft of torque. The battery is promising a 50-mile range with moderate driving and Land Rover says that in low off-road speed, this can be used for up to eight hours before recharging. But after eight hours you’d better make sure that you’re near an outlet. The model will debut during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Source: Land Rover