The electric Defender has been developed for research purposes and is the first fully capable all-electric, all-terrain vehicle.
Having collaborated with Land Rover South Africa in 2011 on an all-electric Defender for use as a safari vehicle in game parks, Axeon has provided Land Rover with battery packs for a further seven development vehicles.
The bespoke battery system replaces the standard 2.2-litre diesel engine in the Land Rover Defender 110 models, eliminating tailpipe emissions. The battery is located in the engine bay area, allowing the all-electric Defender vehicles to retain their ground clearance and wading depth.
The battery system incorporates Axeon’s proprietary Battery Management System (BMS), which monitors the battery state, measuring and controlling key operational parameters, thus ensuring safety – particularly important for electric vehicles that may be subject to more challenging environments.
Lawrence Berns, MD of Axeon, which is now part of the Johnson Matthey group, said: “We are delighted to be continuing to support Land Rover on this innovative and exciting project and are looking forward to seeing the results of the field trials with the selected partners.”
Battery system specification:
Total Pack Energy: 27.0 kWh
Approximate dimensions (mm): 1080 (L) x 780 (W) x 590 (H)
Approximate weight: 410kg
Nominal Voltage: 300V
Nominal Capacity: 100Ah
Maximum Pulse Power: 144 kW