When you work in a reserve in South Africa you need an all-terrain vehicle, but all of these are noisy, which is not ideal for moving in on animals in order to make sure they stay safe. The vehicle of choice has to be the Land Rover Defender, but its diesel engine is not a smooth and quiet unit, so the perfect option would be to replace the oil burner with an electric motor, which is just what a team of people have been doing.
We’ve already seen one Land Rover Defender EV review at the beginning of March, so now it’s time to see how the project is progressing. Firstly, those that do not know, the new electric concept version will run on a 70-kilowatt experimental motor, which is kept running by a 27-kilowatt-hour, 300-volt lithium-ion battery pack, with just one gear.
It’s this new powerplant that makes this version of the Defender a stealthier option, which is just what you need when working with wildlife. Things seem to have improved over the months, as small refinements have been made, so it’s clear to see that the Land Rover Defender EV shows potential.
Because there is one continuous gear you don’t get the sudden jolt that you experience from a diesel engine when you pull off or go through the gears, and energy recovery is rather impressive, even if you are not doing much in the way of braking.
The team behind this concept version has managed to squeeze around 8 hours while driving off-road and 50 miles on a flat surface, so it’s clear the Land Rover Defender EV will never be released publicly.
However, if trails continue the way they are, we can see more people wanting one of these, where it is paramount to go off-road, along with the need to be silent in the process.