Land Rover Defender Powered By Hydrogen.

Land Rover Hydrogen Defender About To Start Road Test.

Later this year, Jaguar Land Rover will begin testing its innovative fuel cell powertrain technology in a hydrogen-powered Defender prototype.

On Tuesday, Tata Motors revealed that a hydrogen fuel-cell version of the 2017 Defender will be tested on British roads later this year.

However, this does not imply that the corporation is abandoning its goal of electrifying its fleet.

The hydrogen-powered SUV, on the other hand, is seen as a supplement to these efforts.

The new Defender’s powertrain will contain a fuel cell in place of an internal combustion engine, a battery pack flanked by two hydrogen tanks, and an air intake to mix hydrogen inside the fuel cell, according to a diagram accompanying the announcement.

The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (or FCEV) prototype is being created as part of the automaker’s hydrogen power research initiative, “Project Zeus,” and will be partially sponsored by the UK’s government-backed Advanced Propulsion Center.

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 “We know hydrogen has a role to play in the future powertrain mix across the entire transport industry, and alongside battery electric vehicles, it offers another zero tailpipe emission solution for the specific capabilities and requirements of Jaguar Land Rover’s world-class line-up of vehicles,” said Ralph Clague, head of the automaker’s hydrogen and fuel cells division.

The aim is that the system will generate enough electricity to handle off-roading and towing while emitting only pure water as a byproduct.

Land Rover Hydrogen Defender
Land Rover Hydrogen Defender

Jaguar Land Rover isn’t the only automaker looking into hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as a viable option.

Honda and Hyundai are developing hydrogen-fueled vehicles as well.

According to Reuters, Toyota introduced the Mirai FCEV in December, while BMW expects to release a limited-run vehicle with the technology next year.

Regardless of the prototype’s success, Jaguar Land Rover is forging forward with one of the most aggressive electrification strategies in the industry.

By 2025, the Jaguar brand will solely sell vehicles with purely electric powertrains, according to the firm.

Between now and the end of the decade, the Land Rover brand will debut six all-electric versions.

By 2039, the corporation intends to be a carbon-neutral enterprise.

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