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Somewhere in the Land Rover corral at the Geneva Motor Show next to that nine-speed ZF 9HP automatic transmission will be seven Land Rover Defender electric research vehicles. The Advanced Engineering Team replaced the diesel in the front of its 110-Series Defender with an electric motor producing 94 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque running through a single-speed transmission, powered by a 300-volt lithium-ion battery with a 27kWh capacity. The resulting specs are a range beyond 50 miles, eight hours of low-speed off-road work and a four-hour recharge using a 7kW quick charger.

The air-cooled testbed can still be run like a traditional Defender and wade through 800 centimeters of water. There are no plans to make any for the public, but Land Rover will be sending the prototypes out into the world for real-world trials later this year while they study electric propulsion. Check out the press release below for more details on the silent explorer.Continue reading Land Rover reveals electrified Defender research vehicle

Land Rover reveals electrified Defender research vehicle originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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