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The all-electric Land Rover Defender has passed its first test
Earlier this year, the British car manufacturer Land Rover has announced that it intends to electrify its model of Defender. Despite the fact that the British SUV may not be the best candidate for this role, the first all-electric Defender at the end of last month began to take its first test in the project “Eden”, the botanical garden in Cornwall, in England.
One of the challenges in front of which the electric Defender encountered in Cornwall, became a tourist 13-ton tractor-trailers of the four filled by sixty Botanical Garden: Defender was able to drag it all over the road with a 6-degree rise. Despite the fact that the Defender 110, also known as «All Terrain Electric Research Vehicle», designed as its conventional, off-road, it is able to accelerate to 112 km / h
In addition to the impressive towing capacity, engineers and seriously worked on dynamic braking electric SUV. In the Land Rover say when the system is Hill Descent Control, the car is capable of reducing up to 80 percent of its kinetic energy. This was confirmed by test trials, which showed that due to the dynamic braking battery gets back to 30 kW of energy. At the moment, full charging of lithium-ion car batteries takes 10 hours, but the company said that due to fast charge technology, it is going to reduce that time to 4 hours.
Unfortunately, the ability to travel on a single charge 80.5 km and 20 km on top of the additional reserve, electric Defender is unlikely to win any “competition for the distance for electric vehicles ” . However, given the nature of the car and the challenges that will be put in front of him (off-road at low speed), it becomes clear that the long expeditions clearly not his profile. The company says that under the conditions of movement on marshland battery lasts about 8 hours. To test a sample company has decided to add an extra battery to extend the time of testing.
Specialized journalists at the beginning of the year noted that Land Rover is unlikely to produce an all-electric SUV. Nevertheless, the very British company has already announced that it has plans to produce hybrid models Range Rover.
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