A series of teasers of the Range Rover EV has been released by Land Rover and is the brand’s first-ever Electric SUV. The waiting list has also been opened for the upcoming EV after the firm had earlier indicated that pre-orders for the EV model would open before 2023 ends, however now those who sign up on the waiting list will be given the opportunity to pre-order when official sales commence in 2024.
Range Rover EV – The first from the brand
The battery-powered Range Rover will be based on the existing combustion-based model and according to the JLR engineering boss Thomas Mullar, it will be the most refined and quietest Range Rover ever. The model will use the MLA platform made for both electric and hybrid powertrains and preview images show that it will also retain the same styling except for some changes in design elements. The EV will use an 800V architecture which enables ultra-fast charging support.
Range Rover EV – The electric Powerhouse
Although no information has been provided yet regarding the performance details for the new model, Muller states that it will have similar all-terrain and towing capabilities as the ICE version. This means the car will be an absolute “tough unit” that will exceed any other luxury electric SUV. The EV will also have the ability to go through 850mm deep water.
The Range Rover Electric is also rumoured to rival the existing V8s when it comes to performance, meaning the total output is close to 530 hp. The car is expected to adopt a twin-motor set-up which will allow for a better AWD ability and torque vectoring to increase its off-road potential.
The Range Rover Electric will be produced at JLR’s Solihull plant alongside the existing mild and plug-in hybrid versions. Initially, the batteries will be picked from a 3rd party supplier and eventually switched to packs produced in the new Somerset gigafactory that Tata Motors is planning. Road testing for the EV has already begun, with test runs taking place in locations like Sweden and Dubai to examine the Vechile’s battery durability, and thermal derating an underfloor.
The Range Rover EV will rival the likes of the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV and will carry over a similar Range Rover design language.