Though a replacement for the Defender is long overdue, the British automaker will be using the current model as experimental vehicles to test its new electric powertrain. Replacing the standard powerplant in each of the Defenders is a 94-hp electric motor capable of 447 lb-ft of torque installed by the British automaker’s Advanced Engineering Team.
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The electric motor will be mated to a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of 27 kWh, providing a range of more than 50 miles. The 903 lb. battery will be mounted under the hood, boosting the weight to around 220 pounds more than its diesel counterpart.
To keep the Defender’s off-road capability intact, Land Rover has also implemented a modified variant of its terrain response system, along with retaining the standard model’s four-wheel drive system and differential lock.
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