20 December 2023
As the prototype testing phase begins of the new Range Rover Electric, the waiting list is officially open
The vehicle – which has more patents filed than any other Range Rover to date – will deliver performance comparable to a flagship V8 model and the all-terrain capability that has been a hallmark since the car’s inception in 1970.
After a year of virtual development spanning front-end robustness, multi-body systems analysis that considers the demand on the chassis, and virtual wading at up to 31mph, the first physical vehicles have been built. Global on-road testing has started, from Sweden to Dubai, in temperatures ranging from -40ºC to +50ºC. The global physical testing programme has been adapted for Range Rover’s first fully electric vehicle to ensure robustness of the electric drive system, including its underfloor, battery durability, chassis integrity and vehicle dynamics tests for thermal derating.
Refined – expect nothing less
Engineers are apparently also on target to create the quietest and most refined Range Rover ever (the electric powertrain making their jobs easier), with a unique active road noise cancellation configuration and sound design.
Readers will be pleased to hear that the new Range Rover Electric will be designed, engineered and built in good ol’ Blighty, on the flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) and its 800v architecture will help to enable rapid charging on public networks. For the first time, batteries and EDUs will be built and assembled at JLR’s new Electric Propulsion Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, as the Range Rover electrifies ahead of its 2039 net-zero carbon ambition.
The Range Rover Electric will apparently ‘amplify its modern luxury credentials’, while its towing, wading (up to 850mm) and all-terrain technologies are claimed to surpass those of any other current luxury electric SUV.
There’s no mention of price yet, but if you fancy remortgaging your house and want to join the waiting list, point your browser to: https://www.landrover.com/range-rover/range-rover/index.html.