Electric Land Rover Defender Featured In Fully Charged

JAN 17 2014 BY MARK KANE 5

...and Fully Charged has now more this...

…and Fully Charged now has more of this…

In the second episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn gets the chance to test out the electric Land Rover Defender.

The red one to be accurate, because Land Rover built a few different versions over the last couple of years. One one them Land Rovers thinks it is a train in Eden.

“A sunny drive in this ultimate off-road legend, the Land Rover Defender, 100% electric and impressively robust.
This is an experimental vehicle, not for sale…. yet. But clearly Land Rover are thinking about electric versions of their iconic vehicles.”

Land Rover Defender EV has just 70 kW of power, but torque reaches 330 Nm. Land Rover stated in 2013 that the 27 kWh battery pack is enough for about 8 hours of driving in rough terrain (at low speeds, of course).

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You know, the more I think about it, it really does make sense. The vehicle is horrible un-aerodynamic. So I’m sure at high speeds it has terrible range. But on the flip side it is extremely efficient at driving in slow speeds off-road where the diesel would be very inefficient. And without having to worry about a clutch or gears or anything, it is probably a lot easier to drive than the diesel.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Just imagine the articulation you could get with 4 wheel motors and no axles, and the clearance you could get with no diffs (and their required low-hanging skidplates)…

A fellow EV enthusiast AND offroader? Your average person doesn’t think like that…

So it’s clear once again: these cars are made for going off road, and this EV version looks to be very capable at that.

PSA: Don’t buy this car to go to the mall, that is just utter stupidity!

The Defender is a descendant of the original Land Rovers which were basically all built on the same platform until they came out with the Range Rover, the first SUV I ever saw, before the term SUV was even coined. Back in the day, they ruled the upper reaches of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica and were the workhorses for the coffee farms that are famous for producing what is said to be the finest (most expensive) coffee in the world. At the right price, with enough range, these could sell quite well in the original Land Rover’s old stomping grounds.