Next Land Rover Defender To Offer All-Electric Variant

Land Rover’s next-generation Defender will premiere in the next 12 months and is expected to be sold with an all-electric powertrain.

The British carmaker has previously hinted about the possibility of a zero-emissions Defender, and Motoring now claims to have received word that the car has been given the go-ahead for production.

The claim comes from an unnamed “senior Jaguar Land Rover source” but no further details, including the size of the battery pack, have been revealed at this stage. With that being said, we know that the model will utilize at least one electric motor, potentially more.

Allowing the new Land Rover Defender to be offered with a host of different powertrains will be its platform. Rather than using the architecture of the next-gen Evoque or Land Rover Discovery Sport, or even the steel/aluminum platform of various Jaguar models, the new Defender is set to be underpinned by a custom version of the aluminum platform used by the Discovery, Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport.

Offered alongside the all-electric Defender will be a number of petrol, diesel, and hybrid alternatives.


  • An electric defender, as long it can march through African Savannah or Asian Rainforest then I wouldn’t mind.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Oh, it’ll march halfway through and then you’ll hike out because there will be no charging points.

      • Status

        Because nobody had to abandon a Defender because they ran out of gas in the rainforest.

        …or ruptured the tank, or smashed the oil pan, or overheated. I mean, LR is known for making reliable cars, right? Why bother with an EV Defender at all if you’re more interested in throwing poop at this party?

        • Six Thousand Times

          Well, you can carry extra petrol in cans and your oil pan ought to be protected by a skidplate, and you could even actually pee into your radiator after your engine cools but yeah, I see what you’re getting at.

      • Man I would be bad at being explorer, driving the electric Defender and then realized it needs electricity.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I don’t understand why Land Rover has the need to use the Defender moniker on a vehicle that has nothing to do with the historic name?

    • Bo Hanan

      Land Rover, like other car companies, believe their cars evolve with time. This electronic version is the next step in the Defender’s evolution.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The Defender name isn’t really that old. Without looking it up, I’ll say early 1990s.

  • fanfare

    And Toyota – leader in hybrid cars offers the new Land Cruiser in Europe only with… *fanfare* 2.8 diesel producing blazing 177HP and *triple fanfare* accelerating in 12.7s to 100km/h.

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