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Hydrogen Powered Land Rover Defender Prototype in the Works

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One of my favorite looking vehicles, the Land Rover Defender is going Hydrogen powered, with testing of the prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) starting this year.

Inline with their Reimagine Strategy, the vehicle is one way JLR aims to achieve zero tailpipe emissions by 2036, and net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain by 2039.

FCEVs, which generate electricity from hydrogen to power an electric motor, are complimentary to battery electric vehicles (BEVs). 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.

By 2030, forecasts predict hydrogen-powered FCEV deployment could top 10 million with 10,000 refuelling stations worldwide.

Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced engineering project, known as Project Zeus, is part funded by the government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre, and 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. 

The zero tailpipe emission prototype New Land Rover Defender Hydrogen FCEV will begin testing towards the end of 2021 in the UK to verify key attributes such as off-road capability and fuel consumption.

To deliver Project Zeus, Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with world class R&D partners, including Delta Motorsport, AVL, Marelli Automotive Systems and the UK Battery Industrialization Centre (UKBIC) to research, develop and create the prototype FCEV.

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