Hydrogen-powered Land Rover Defender to start tests

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By Nick Flaherty

Project Zeus at Jaguar Land Rover aims to develop a version of the classic Defender powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The vehicle is being created as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s research and development of future technologies, co-financed by the UK government’s Advanced Propulsion Centre. This aims to provide engineers and developers with new and deeper insights into how hydrogen propulsion can be optimised to deliver the performance and capability expected by customers: from long range to rapid refuelling, from traction to off-road capability.

The prototype Land Rover Defender with zero-emission fuel cell propulsion will begin testing in the UK towards the end of 2021. The tests will focus on aspects such as off-road characteristics and fuel consumption.

As part of Project Zeus, Jaguar Land Rover is working with leading research and development companies. These include Delta Motorsport, AVL and Marelli Automotive Systems as well as the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC). They are all involved in the research, development and production of the fuel cell prototype.

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