2013 Land Rover Defender with electric power train review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 4 March 2013 , 01:03:40 byDan

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Land Rover Defender with electric power train

We have to admit that the Land Rover specialists seem to be over passed in comparison to other carmaker that built the same type of vehicles. The truth is that this first impression can be easily changed. How? Well very easy. We only have to take the bad boy out for the quick spin and that is all. The British carmaker wants to keep its roots that go back to 1949 and build all its models without forgetting the beginning of this wonderful story that is Land Rover.

Despite the fact that the model is still capable of doing miracles off road and not only it is time for a replacement. Last year we had the opportunity to see the DC100 Concepts, for example. The specialists cannot wait until the next defender will be available and so they use the current one as an experimental vehicle to test a new electric power train. Next week, at the 2013 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the carmaker will introduce seven pure electric Defender research vehicles. All will be tested in real life conditions later this year.

Instead of the standard diesel engine and transmission in the 220 Defenders, the Advanced Engineering Team installed a 70 kW, 330 Nm of torque electric motor together with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery capable of generating 27 kWh. This power provides a range of more than 50 miles. The battery itself weighs 410 kg and it can be found under the hood. In the end we found out that the model weighs 100 kg more in comparison to its diesel-powered counterparts. The new electric vehicles will keep the four-wheel drive system and differential lock and the transmission includes a single speed, 2.7:1 reduction box. The carmaker also offered a modified version of its Terrain Response System for the 2013 Land Rover Defender.

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