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Range Rover Electric Teasers Reveal Conservative EV Design

Key Takeaways

  • JLR shares images of the all-electric Range Rover prototype undergoing cold-weather tests in the Arctic Circle.
  • Prototype models maintain iconic Range Rover design.
  • Range Rover EV promises high levels of grip, with a new traction control system and sophisticated software for refined off-road performance.

Land Rover has released the first images of the all-electric Range Rover undergoing cold-weather testing. The British luxury brand is making big claims about the upcoming Range Rover EV, noting it will “lead the way for electric propulsion capability, refinement, and luxury travel.” Testing is currently taking place in the Arctic Circle and the Middle East, where extreme temperatures will expose any issues with the vehicle.

But before we get into the testing, let’s look at the design of the electric Range Rover. These prototype models appear identical to the gas- and diesel-powered models that roam the world’s most exclusive suburbs, and that’s a good thing. The Range Rover is a style icon instantly recognizable thanks to its upright, stately shape. Even these all-black prototypes, devoid of badging, are identifiable as Range Rovers. Of course, there’s a chance JLR may change the styling slightly, but it’s a similar story to the upcoming G 580 with EQ Technology. Buyers may want electric propulsion, but they also desire the traditional design.

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The Most Refined Range Rover Yet

The automaker says the first series of tests centered around the battery and Electric Drive Unit, the most important parts of the vehicle. Evaluating these key components, along with the electric motors, power electronics, and transmission at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 122 degrees will ensure they can work anywhere, no matter the climate. Both the battery and EDU have been built in-house by JLR.

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The electric Range Rover will introduce a new traction control system that will deliver high levels of grip on ice, snow, and gravel. Instead of relying on the anti-lock braking unit, the SUV will manage wheel slip via individual electric drive control units, suggesting a quad-motor setup. Based on previous teasers, we know the battery-powered Range Rover will be based on the Modular Longitudinal Architecture that underpins the ICE-powered Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

Intelligent Technology Improves Refinement And Off-Road Ability

JLR has also developed sophisticated software that allows the EDU speed control to limit slip without intervention from the ABS. This system works with the stability control and chassis systems, promoting enhanced refinement and traction.

“Range Rover with electric power means customary Range Rover luxury, refinement, and capability plus near-silent fully electric propulsion, with effortlessly smooth and relaxed journeys. To ensure we leave no stone unturned, we are well underway with our physical testing and development program, all designed at pushing Range Rover Electric to the extremes to ensure its capability remains unparalleled when it reaches you.”

– Thomas Mueller, JLR Executive Director of Product Engineering.

JLR has not said when the electric Range Rover will debut, but we expect a reveal later this year or in 2025. Soon it will be followed by the all-electric Velar replacement and a battery-powered Land Rover Defender.

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