Jaguar Land Rover to develop prototype hydrogen-powered Defender

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) prototype based on the new Defender, with testing to commence later this year.

The concept stems from the company’s aim to achieve zero emissions by 2036, and net-zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products, and operations by 2039.

On the journey to net-zero emissions, FCEVs are complimentary to battery electric vehicles as they generate electricity from hydrogen to power an electric motor.

As the company describes, “Hydrogen-powered FCEVs provide high energy density and rapid refuelling, and minimal loss of range in low temperatures, making the technology ideal for larger, longer-range vehicles, or those operated in hot or cold environments.”

To research, develop and create the prototype FCEV, the company has teamed up with various world-class research and development partners, including Delta Motorsport, AVL, Marelli Automotive Systems and UK Battery Industrialization Centre (UKBIC).

Project Zeus, Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced engineering project, will allow engineers to understand how a hydrogen powertrain can be optimised to deliver the performance and capability expected by its customers, from range to refuelling, and towing to off-road ability.

“We know hydrogen has a role to play in the future powertrain mix across the whole 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 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Jaguar Land Rover.

“The work done alongside our partners in Project Zeus will help us on our journey to become a net-zero carbon business by 2039, as we prepare for the next generation of zero tailpipe emissions vehicles.”

Source: Jaguar Land Rover | Jaguar Land Rover to develop hydrogen-powered Defender fuel cell prototype

15 June 2021

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