JLR's electric Defender will be used in South African game reserves and should be good for 55 miles

Land Rover South Africa has teamed up with lithium-ion battery systems company Axeon to build an electric Land Rover Defender for use in the country’s game reserves.

The Defender’s 2.4-litre diesel engine has been replaced by a 193bhp electric motor and 28.8 kWh battery pack in the engine bay in order to “maintain ground clearance and wading height for this unique vehicle,” according to Axeon.

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When used in ‘the bush,’ Axeon has said that the electric Defender will be good for around 55 miles, or the equivalent of three times a typical game drive - around eight hours. And because it gets around almost silently, “the vehicle has also been able to get closer to animals.”

The electric Defender will be launched as a concept vehicle at INDABA, one of Africa’s largest tourism events, held in Durban, from May 7 to 10.

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4 April 2014

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