A few weeks ago, Land Rover unveiled their brand new electric Land Rover at South Africa’s Tourism Indaba held in Durban. Their product is, quite simply, stunning and heralds a turning point in the era of sustainable tourism and zero emissions safaris. For us at Londolozi and, in particular, for our General Manager Stoff Kane-Berman, the commercial production of this electric Land Rover is the realisation of a three year dream pioneering this new aspect of the African safari experience.
Land Rover’s electric vehicle was developed in conjunction with Barkers Performance products and features a bespoke battery system which incorporates Axeon’s properietary Battery Management System (BMS). This system fits straight into area where the traditional engine would lie and allows for the same maneuverability and ground clearance through rugged terrain.
Says Kevin Flynn, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa: “The Electric Game Viewer Concept is the perfect synergy of the Defender’s outstanding reputation as the definitive game viewing vehicle, as well as our drive to reduce emissions. The all-electric game viewer concept, has zero tailpipe emissions, thus offering a clean and silent operation, and reducing the impact on the highly sensitive environment in which these vehicles operate.”
As for the drive itself, it is a silent and seamless experience with zero carbon emissions occurring at all. Charged from a conventional plug point or a solar charging unit, the vehicle can attest to truly emitting zero emissions except in its manufacturing. The vehicle handles itself with a sufficient amount of torque and power to go anywhere that the traditional Land Rovers can.
Here at Londolozi, we are still using Prototype number three of our own electrically converted Land Rover whilst we wait for our fleet to include a few of Land Rover’s electric vehicles. Fortunately our zero emissions Land Rover is not alone in the garage as our current zero emissions fleet also includes two solar-powered golf carts and a solar-powered tractor. Until then, the pioneering continues…