Just Auto wrote an article on the Landrover trials all-electric Defender which we were incredibly excited about given our interest over the last three years in the zero emissions safari vehicle. Londolozi has been at the forefront of pioneering the first ever Zero Emissions Safari Vehicle. The vision for this vehicle is to run purely on battery power which in turn is charged by solar panels. The carbon output would thus be zero, except for that used during the manufacturing of the vehicle.
Since 2009, when we unveiled our first prototype electric Landrover, the journey has been extremely fun yet also challenging. Our second prototype burnt down soon after completion, owing to an electrical wiring failure. Yet with the help of Anton Komar and Sid from Green Rover we managed to achieve a reasonable level of success with our prototype number 3. This video was filmed in July 2011…
The results of the initial tests of this prototype have been very encouraging. The eerily silent propulsion through the virgin wilderness is almost unnerving until one begins to enjoy a range of new senses and possibilities such as the audible bush ambiance, bird sounds and predator prey alarm and communication calls.
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.
Our intention at Londolozi is to continue to be a leader towards a truly Zero Emissions Safari Vehicle and change our entire fleet to electric vehicles as soon as the opportunity presents itself, our vision is to have a full fleet of electric land Rovers by 2015. This initiative, in particular, forms part of our broader goal to dramatically minimize our carbon footprint on the environment. We have come a long way since the prototype in 2011 and we look forward to introducing these landrovers into our fleet…
Photographed and Filmed by Rich Laburn
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