Land Rover was hired as a locomotive

Posted on Wednesday, 7 August 2013 , 03:08:25 byVeronica

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Land Rover was hired as a locomotive

We had the opportunity to see the Land Rover Defender EV for the first time at the 2013 edition of the Geneva Motor show at the beginning of the year. Now, the experimental vehicle has started work at the Eden Project in Cornwall, in the UK. Here, the vehicle will transport visitors. How? Well, it will be pulling a 12-ton road train. As we can understand, this is the first real world trial of the capabilities of the Electric Defender. The model has to climb up a 6 % incline with the 4x4 EV. The model is part of a pioneering research project into the electrification of an all-terrain vehicle and is integrated into the overall sustainability objectives of the Land Rover. That also includes the change to aluminum platforms in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, just like future Range Rover hybrids would be. This model was also developed to investigate electrification in a real-world environment. How? Well it will use a fleet of six vehicles that will be used by several organizations. The model is capable of pulling the 12-ton road train with up to 60 passengers to and from the hexagonal-paneled domes. It is capable of reaching a top speed of 70 mph and it has a Hill Descent control system linked to a regenerative braking function. The new Defender also has the Terrain Response system that has been adapted for electric drive. The driving range is capable of generating 50 miles. The engineers have also fitted with a secondary battery which allows it to work a full day. The driving range is this way improved by up to 12.5 miles.