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Land Rover's Electric Defender

By Alex Inwood, 01 Mar 2013 News

Land Rover, Defender, electric, Geneva Motor Show, Hybrid, hot, review, price, interior, wheels magazine, 2013

Forget what you know about electric cars. Land Rover has moved the goal posts. In a world of city-friendly EVs, Land Rover has broken the mould and built a hard-core electric off-roader.

Forget what you know about electric cars.

Land Rover has moved the goal posts.

In a world of city-friendly EVs, Land Rover has broken the mould and built a hard-core electric off-roader.

The iconic brand has replaced the standard diesel used in its Defender with a 70kW/330Nm electric motor, twinned with an electric battery which adds 27kWh.

The entire drivetrain is electric and packs enough charge for a range of more than 80kms.

That mightn’t sound like much, but Land Rover says its electric defender is good for more than eight hours of typical off-roading.

Recharging takes just four hours on a ‘fast charger’, or 10 hours on a portable charging device.

Land Rover insists the Electric Defender’s off-road capabilities remain the same, including its 800mm wading depth.

The company even says the EV Defender towed a 12-tonne road-train up a 13 degree gradient.

The Electric Defender retains Land Rover’s legendary four-wheel-drive system and differential, but does weigh around 100km/h more than the standard car.

Maximum torque is available instantly, eliminating the need for a standard gearbox. Instead a one-speed transmission feeds the power to all four wheels.

The Electric Defender will be shown at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.