Thursday, August 1, 2013

Land Rover Electric Defender begins testing

Company looks to gain real-world feedback
Land Rover Electric Defender prototype 31.7.2013
Land Rover has begun public testing of the Electric Defender, following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Defender 110-based prototype will be used by the Eden Project which hosts educational exhibits and conducts research into plants and conservation. The model will be put to the test as it will be required to tow four carriages, which hold up to 60 passengers, to and from the various bio-domes.
When the model is done with its eight-hour shift, it will be plugged in and fully recharged at a cost of roughly £2 ($3.05 / €2.28).
Land Rover has been coy about their electric plans but said the prototype will act as a "rolling laboratory to develop new ideas and investigate electrification in a real-world environment."
As we have previously reported, the Electric Defender has a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an electric motor which develops 94 hp (70 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque. This setup enables the model to hit a top speed of 70 mph (112 km/h) and travel up to 62.5 miles (100 km) on a single charge.

Source: Land Rover