Land Rover Defender Fuel Cell: Bet on hydrogen


If one analyzes the different mechanical options offered by the current generation of Land Rover Defender, one will discover that the most efficient and ecological alternative in the range corresponds to the P400e plug-in hybrid version, not the V8. This means that the British car manufacturer is very aware of electrification, even more so after learning that it is already developing a very interesting prototype that will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

A Defender free of local emissions

With its arrival, the iconic 4x4 will benefit from its first 100% electric version, highly desired by all those who enjoy the model's sustainable mobility and off-road capabilities. This suggestive combination is part of Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Engineering Zeus Project, funded in part by the Advanced Propulsion Center, which will allow the team to understand how to optimize such a propulsion system to deliver high levels of performance. as well as generous range and outstanding towing capabilities.

Testing of the fuel cell Land Rover Defender will begin later this year in the UK with the aim of verifying its main features, as well as its off-road capabilities and fuel economy. We do not yet know its specifications, but we do know that the British firm relies on world-renowned R&D partners for this project, such as Delta Motorsport, AVL, Marelli Automotive Systems, and the UK Battery Industrialisation Center (UKBIC).

It is estimated that in 2030 there will be 10 million vehicles of this type. “We know that hydrogen is going to play an important role in the engines of the future throughout the transport sector and, together with battery electric vehicles, it offers another solution without tailpipe emissions that lives up to the characteristics and requirements of Jaguar Land Rover's prestigious range of vehicles. Collaboration with our partners in Project Zeus will help us on this journey, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2039, as we prepare for the next generation of vehicles without tailpipe emissions, ” says Ralph Clague, Head of the hydrogen and fuel cells department at Jaguar Land Rover.

A very appropriate technology

The arrival of this eco-friendly version will mark another step in Jaguar Land Rover's trajectory to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles to zero by 2036, as well as achieve carbon neutrality throughout its supply chain, its products, and operations before 2039. The entity itself highlights that vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells are characterized "by high energy density and rapid recharging, as well as a minimal loss of autonomy in low temperatures, this technology being ideal" for the vehicles of greater size and longer autonomy, or for those that are used in hot or cold climates ”.

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