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Electric models of the Land Rover Defender incoming

Land Rover will be looking to the future when it reveals a fleet of electric-powered Defender vehicles at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Ahead of the world premiere of the seven new models, the British manufacturer has seen one of its research vehicles deliver brilliant results.

During testing, Land Rover replaced the standard diesel engine and gearbox of a Defender with a 70kW electric motor twinned with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery arrangement.

Such a drivetrain resulted in the electric-powered Land Rover Defender being able to produce a range of over 50 miles while also boasting zero emissions.

Another important development in the testing was that Land Rover has ensured that the tough performance and go-anywhere capability of the Defender vehicle was never compromised.

Commenting on Land Rover's desire to make an electric version of the Defender, the manufacturer's global brand director, John Edwards, said: "Investing in innovation has always been the lifeblood of our business and our engineering teams are working hard to develop innovative new technology to provide sustainable motoring solutions."

Drivers can expect to hear more about the electric-powered Land Rover Defender when it is officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which takes place between March 7th and 17th.


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