Land Rover Defender with Tesla engine unveiledAugust 19, 2020
A video has been published on the Web that demonstrates the capabilities of the new all-electric Defender, which was named E-Lander and an electric motor with a capacity of 600 hp.
ECD Automotive is the leading remanufacturer of custom Defender SUVs and classic Land Rovers in the United States, most of which are powered by a 6.2-liter Chevrolet V8 engine. Sometimes the company goes beyond the usual, resulting in modifications with a new glass roof, a diesel power plant or a unique design, but most of ECD’s Defenders follow a fairly clear pattern, at least so far.
The American company ECD Automotive has teamed up with British specialists Electric Classic Cars to create the first Tesla-powered Land Rover. In a commercial, ECD and ECC showcase the fruits of their collaboration – a new electric truck called the E-Lander.
“After many conversations and meetings with Electric Classic Cars, we soon realized that they are the absolute leader in the game and are great for working with ECDs. As with everything ECD is concerned, personality and quality are at the forefront of everything we do. We look forward to releasing the electric Defender as an eco-friendly version of the legendary car that continues its zero-emission legacy, ” – said ECD Automotive Design founder Tom Humble.
The Tesla-powered Defender produces 450 horsepower. ECD claims the electric truck takes 4.0 seconds to accelerate to 100 km / h, but for those looking to get their hands on an even faster SUV, there will be a 600 hp option. with an incredible acceleration time to hundreds of 3.0 seconds. With an electric motor eliminating the need for a gearbox, owners just press a button to start their electric Defender. ECD estimates that an SUV can travel 200 to 400 km on a single charge, depending on the vehicle’s configuration.
Meanwhile, the electric Defender retains its off-road qualities: the truck is equipped with a descent assist system, traction control, anti-lock braking system, regenerative braking and a completely redesigned transmission to handle the enormous electrical power. With the new electric parking brake, the ECD designers were able to free up space in the cabin by eliminating the mechanical handbrake, clutch pedal, gear lever and gear ratio selector.
Assembly of the first electric Defender from ECD / ECC will begin in October 2020 and should be completed in December. The new Defender EV will compete with the Twisted NAS-E 4×4, which uses its own electric propulsion system with less power than the Tesla engine. ECD has yet to announce pricing for the electric Defender, but notes that the electric motor can be fitted to any of the company’s models, including the classic Range Rover. The unit is 50 states compliant, which means it will be available throughout the United States.
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