2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- An electric version of the Land Rover Defender will debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, but there are no plans for a production version.
- Land Rover said the project "is acting as a rolling laboratory for Land Rover to assess electric vehicles."
- The electric Defender is equipped with a 94-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery.
In what may be some of the more dramatic teaser images released ahead of the Geneva show, Land Rover released photos of the electric Defender fording deep streams without any apparent effect on the electric components.
"This project is acting as a rolling laboratory for Land Rover to assess electric vehicles, even in the most arduous all-terrain conditions," said Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover head of research, in a statement on Wednesday.
The electric Defender is equipped with a 94-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The battery is mounted in the front of the Defender in place of the diesel engine. It also gets a modified version of Land Rover's Terrain Response System. The vehicle has a range of more than 50 miles.
Jaguar Land Rover has built seven of the electric Defenders and plans to deploy them in real-world trials later this year.
Edmunds says: A fascinating exercise and one that underscores Jaguar Land Rover's green — and off-road — creds.