Classic Range Rover Uses Tesla Power to Go Off-Road
Electric 1982 Range Rover runs on 15 Tesla Model S batteries…and over everything a Range Rover should.
Jaguar Land Rover made headlines several months ago when it announced its push for a greater amount of electrified vehicles by 2020. As the Fully Charged Show video above makes clear, one company in the UK has already made a fully electric Range Rover.
Granted, it’s not a modern Range Rover, but it’s still an impressive feat, especially for a boutique business. Electric Classic Cars started with a 1982 Range Rover that was in good physical shape, but terrible mechanical condition. The engine kept causing problems in one way or another. ECC yanked it out and filled the engine bay with five Tesla Model S P95 batteries and an electric motor. In the back, ECC removed the fuel tank and replaced it with 10 more Model S power packs and a protective skid plate while only minimally reducing rear cargo space. Even more eyebrow-raising is the fact that, despite a weight increase of 220 pounds, the Range Rover still weighs slightly less than a Model S.
Total output is 80 kWh, enabling a range of around 175 miles. The juiced-up rig routes its 220 lb-ft of instant torque through its original gearbox and transfer case. A dashboard switch activates the regenerative braking system’s most aggressive setting, which host Robert Llewellyn uses to get down muddy grades in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Despite having narrow street tires and no throaty gas or diesel engine, the Range Rover gets through every watery bog and over every muddy trail Llewellyn points its square nose at.
We’ve enjoyed the regular diesel and gas engines that Land Rover offers in its current vehicles, but if this video is a sign of what to expect from future LRs, consider us charged up about them.