Land Rover will be at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with a new electric concept based on the Land Rover Defender. The Land Rover Defender will be powered by an electric motor producing 94 horsepower and 330 Nm of torque coupled to a 27 kWh/300 volts battery pack that will provide for a range of 80 km. The vehicle can be recharged through to the usual columns or with normal household sockets: in the first case the full charge will be achieved in just 4 hours, with the latter it might take up to 10 hours.
Weighing in at 410 kg, the battery pack contributes at making the electric Defender about 100 kg heavier than the normal Land Rover Defender: according to the body type, the all-electric Land Rover Defender Electrical weighs between 2055 and 2162 kilograms. Quite obviously, the British manufacturer has designed this powertrain on order to maximize the performance away from the road: it has only one gear ratio, 2.7:1, which is directly connected to the AWD system of ‘regular’ Land Rover Defender. All components are air-cooled to minimize weight.
The model is also equipped with a regenerative braking system that helps keeping the batteries charged. Working together the Hill Descent Control, the motor can generate up to 30 kWh of electricity, allowing the car to recover up to 80% of the kinetic energy. The Land Rover Advanced Engineering Team tested the car in the most extreme conditions: they had it wading across 80 inches of water, pulling a weight of 12 tons up a 13% gradient hill and so on just to make sure it was up to the usual standard of the brand. At the moment there are no plans for a future launch of this product, but the seven vehicles produced so far will be used during events and specific applications.