Land Rover Defender Gets That Electric Feel

We'll be the first to admit: as much as we embrace green driving and alternative fuels, this violates our tender automotive sensibilities. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover will be displaying seven electric-powered Defenders. In case you did not know, the Land Rover Defender is the only Land Rover model not sold in the US, and it is by far the most badass. It is like a Jeep Wrangler on proud, British steroids, but now it might be on a whole new kind of juice, with this EV powertrain. The standard engine is replaced with a 94-horseower electric motor, deriving power from a lithium-ion battery pack. The Defender has a range of 50 miles, and can last up to eight hours in low-speed, off-road use. Charging is done in four hours with a fast charging station, or in 10 hours with a standard 110 cable. What makes this an interesting proposition is the off-loading nature of the Defender, where low-end torque is ideal for crawling over rocks. Electric motors deliver 100 percent of their power at zero RPMs, which means the Electric Defender has low end torque for days. Maybe we can get behind this idea after all. PHOTOS: See more of the Electric Defender