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.