Land Rover Defender Electric: The Nissan LEAF can’t do this!
Even though the Nissan LEAF has sold over 50,000 units around the globe, it will never be able to do what Land Rover has planned for its all-electric SUV. Land Rover has announced that the Defender will unveil seven new Electric Defender models at the Geneva Motor Show this year. The research vehicle delivers zero emissions like the LEAF, but it does something the Nissan electric will never be able to do. The Defender Electric will also deliver its tough, go-anywhere capability.
The Defender Electric vehicles (EVs) retain the SUV’s legendary four-wheel drive system and differential lock, but the standard diesel engine and gearbox have been replaced by a 70kW (94bhp), 330Nm electric motor mated to a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery. The off-road warrior will have a range of more than 50 miles. Bu that chould be enough to get stuck in the backcountry with no power left. Land Rover says in typical, low speed off-road use, it can last for up to eight hours before recharging.
Land Rover has a 'Tread Lightly' philosophy
Land Rover has always been on the forefront when it comes to innovation and the Defender Electric is on the cutting edge of technology. "Investing in innovation has always been the lifeblood of our business and our engineering teams are working hard to develop innovative new technology to provide sustainable motoring solutions," said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
The Nissan LEAF doesn’t have anything on Land Rover when it comes to being green. Land Rover has a 'Tread Lightly' philosophy when it comes to the earth and the smooth, low-speed capability of the electric drivetrain makes the Electric Defenders especially well suited to climbing obstacles without damaging the planet unnecessarily.
Will travel where no other EV will go
The Defender Electric research vehicles were developed by Land Rover's Advanced Engineering Team following successful trials of the Defender-based electric vehicle, Leopard 1.
The vehicles' capability was tested in extreme and environmentally sensitive conditions, demonstrating capabilities not shared by conventional road-going EVs like the Nissan LEAF. Trials included pulling a 12-ton 'road train' up a 13 percent gradient and wading to a depth of 800mm. Can the Nissan LEAF wade a raging river and come out the other side? Land Rover will be the first automaker to have an EV that will be able to handle the most arduous all-terrain conditions.
Look for a Land Rover EV in the future
Even though the Defender Electric isn’t expected to reach production, the seven EVs will go into service in special applications later this year. "It gives us a chance to evolve and test some of the technologies that may one day be introduced into future Land Rover models," said Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover Head of Research.
Sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF increased 36.6 percent to 653 units in spite of tight supplies and the current rollout of the 2013 LEAF now being built in Smyrna, Tenn. Maybe it’s time for Nissan to come up with an all-electric Pathfinder that will keep up with the new Land Rover Defender Electric.