Electric Defender review Auto Express

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Verdict

While an electric sounds gimmicky, it’s more than the automotive of fitting a pacemaker to an OAP. ability remains impressive, on the road it’s adequately It won’t make production but provide an intriguing snapshot of Land Rover is capable of.

Can you an old dog new tricks? Land Rover to think so with this version of the Defender. The venerable can trace its roots back to and would seem one of the least cars on the road to receive a cutting-edge heart transplant.

But Land Rover is using the Motor Show to unveil a 110 research vehicle that at tech that could be in future models from the

So how does it work? A 94bhp motor is paired with a lithium-ion battery pack, and the claimed range is a mere 50 the reasoning is that the Defender spend much of its time where speeds are slower. means, in theory, the battery can last eight hours.

A charger gives a full in four hours, and that to 10 hours if using a portable 3kW

Other key changes from the diesel models include a increase in weight of 100kg, can partially be attributed to the 410kg battery pack, and the introduction of for the powertrain in place of liquid This saves weight and is to be more robust – a key point that durability is integral to the of the Defender.


There’s regenerative too, which uses Descent Control to generate up to of energy.

Turn the key to start the electric and the first thing that you is the noise – there’s actually a lot. We’ve become to near-silent EVs, but this one a rather wearing milk-float whine. Refined it’s but you wouldn’t have it any other way the Defender.

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Fears over the 4×4’s capability are soon though. Because the electric provides all 330Nm of torque standstill, there’s no need for – so you simply move the single drive selector into and off you go.

And it works well. You quickly progress, although the top speed on research vehicle is limited to It’s still a Defender, of so it’s rough and ready, but the drivetrain is a surprisingly plausible if you can put up with the irritating soundtrack.

ability? You’d be forgiven for electricity and water don’t but that’s not the case – all the major are watertight and it’s claimed to be to wade up 800mm, which is more than the standard

We didn’t get the chance to try that but did put it through its paces on a man-made climbing course where it every undulation, no matter how with ease.

The electric has an unusual past – it was originally as an eco-friendly vehicle for a game in South Africa – but it is the future is more interesting. With plug-in hybrids and even cell vehicles planned, it Land Rover is firmly on the track with its alternative strategy.

Land Rover Electric Cars
Land Rover Electric Cars

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