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Land Rover brand's first EV tests in extreme conditions as it approaches a launch later this year

The new electric Range Rover has been all but revealed as final-stage testing gets under way ahead of its launch later this year. 

New images show JLR's second production EV testing in the Arctic Circle – following a year of component and virtual tests – where temperatures fall as low as -40deg C. 

Unusually, the Range Rover EV has been shown completely uncamouflaged - a decision made to "underline the build quality of the initial prototypes", according to JLR.

Painted all in black and without the contrasting matt trim elements that JLR has previously suggested will mark out the EV powertrain, the prototype looks all but identical to the ICE Range Rover that has been on sale since 2022.

JLR said these new images show how the prototype's "modernist design language stays true to the Range Rover bloodline", suggesting that the Range Rover Electric – as it is officially named – will only be subtly differentiated from the straight-six, V8 and plug-in hybrid derivatives. 

Mercedes-Benz is taking a similar approach with the electric version of the G-Class, which will be revealed this week at the Beijing motor show, and is tipped to remain largely identical to the fuel-burning variants.

The focus at this stage of the Range Rover Electric's development programme is said to be the performance of its gearbox, electric motors and electronics in extreme conditions. JLR highlighted that this is the first car to use a battery and electric drive unit (EDU) assembled in-house.

The company also revealed that, rather than a conventional ABS-based traction control system, the new EV uses new software to precisely manage slip at each wheel - claiming to have reduced the "torque reaction time at each wheel from around 100 milliseconds, to as little as one millisecond". As a result, "traction is maximised on all surfaces with exceptional response and composed refinement, significantly enhancing the Range Rover drive experience". 


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No specific technical details or performance figures have yet been given, however, beyond the earlier confirmation that it will use an 800V charging architecture. 

JLR opened the waiting list for the first electric Range Rover in December last year and by February claimed to have taken more than 16,000 expressions of interest. 

While the waiting list only gives an indication of interested customers, rather than a formal reservation, JLR boss Adrian Mardell said the firm was “excited about the strong client interest” in the EV. 

Although bosses have yet to give any performance details for the new Range Rover, it has been promised to have the same “go-anywhere” capability as the ICE version, with a pledge that it will offer towing, wading and all-terrain capability that will exceed any other luxury electric SUV – including the ability to wade through 850mm-deep water.

The hint that the Range Rover Electric will offer performance “comparable” to the existing V8 suggests a total output close to the 523bhp that model offers.

It's expected to adopt a dual-motor system, which will allow for greater four-wheel-drive ability and systems such as torque vectoring to boost its off-road potential. 

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JLR said its test programme has been adapted to particularly examine the vehicle’s underfloor, battery durability and thermal derating. 

The Range Rover Electric will be built in Solihull alongside the existing mild-hybrid and PHEV versions. It will initially use batteries from a third-party supplier before eventually switching to packs produced in the new Somerset gigafactory that JLR parent firm Tata is planning. 

Interestingly, Land Rover programme director Nick Miller previously told Autocar that the MLA architecture can also readily accommodate a hydrogen powertrain, which means a Range Rover FCEV could be on the cards - although the company hasn't given an update on its Project Zeus hydrogen development programme for some time. 

Land Rover was previously testing a hydrogen-fuelled Defender prototype and said hydrogen will be “complementary” to battery-electric technology across its line-up as it strives to achieve zero tailpipe emissions by 2036.

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Symanski 24 April 2024

Thierry Bollore killed off the new Jaguar XJ claiming the platform was outdated, then released it as the new Range Rover.   With it, killing off the all-electric XJ, so what makes this any different than what Bollore said was out of date?


Bollore killed off Jaguar, and for what?   Jaguar should have been taken through a hybrid period, not destroyed by the world's worst automotive CEO.   And the JLR board should hold their heads in shame they weren't as smart as the Renault board who fired Bollore!   Daft enough to continue with the Bollore plan even after it was obvious to anyone it was only ever going to fail.


Now with Jaguar close to revealing their £100k EV just as the market collapses.   Will they regret telling 99% of Jaguar customers to F* off?   That Govern says they're too poor to afford one of his designs?


Unreal incompetence.


jason_recliner 24 April 2024
Apparently "premium" now means featureless, tensionless, blob.
Citytiger 23 April 2024

They should have been revealing a new Jaguar EV, but no, just another 3 tone SUV.

JLR have done something even British Leyland couldnt do, theyve killed Jaguar.

TStag 23 April 2024

Simple answer to that, Labd Rover makes all the money to spend on unprofitable Jaguars like the XE. I love Jaguar but they need to turn a profit. 

Symanski 24 April 2024
Citytiger wrote:

They should have been revealing a new Jaguar EV, but no, just another 3 tone SUV.

JLR have done something even British Leyland couldnt do, theyve killed Jaguar.

Very sad what incompetent management at JLR has done.   Jaguar should have continued to develop their cars with hybrid platforms, and the iPace should have been also released as a type of Evoke Range Rover.   The E-Voke??? 


Now they're going fully electric just at a time where the upper end EV market collapses.   Not that those buying a £30k XE were ever going to afford a £100k McGovern slab.