Finally, an affordable Defender EV conversion kit?

  • Electrogenic has announced an electric conversion kit for its classic Land Rover Defender for £24,000, or about $29,500.
  • The kit is designed to be installed easily, along with a 52 kWh battery, which will give Defenders a range of around 100 miles.
  • This kit targets defenders still in use on the farm, as a way to keep old machinery running for years to come, but without the fuel expense.

    There’s no shortage of companies right now that will turn a classic Land Rover Defender into an EV for a six-figure sum, but finally something is at the other end of the price spectrum. Designed to be installed by an appropriately qualified mechanic, the new Land Rover Defender EV conversion kit is a classic, with zero-emissions driving for a fraction of the price of other conversions, and is intended for the correct installation with minimal modifications.

    Electrogenic is behind this new “drop in” kit, which features an electric motor designed to be bolted to the Defender’s clutch bell housing, which delivers 120 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 52 kWh battery fits in the underhood instead of the motor, promising a range of 100 miles. The system allows for 7.5 kW AC charging, but devices for faster charging standards will also be offered as an option. On the other hand, regenerative braking is a standard feature.

    The kit is nominally geared toward owners who use their Defenders on the farm, which tend to be diesels in Europe, keeping older machines running decades after they were built.

    “We make high-spec conversions for road warriors, but this group is all about giving landowners an economical and sustainable choice,” said Steve Drummond, co-founder of Electrogenic. “Electrogenic’s proprietary technology is easy to install and use. It gives Land Rover Defenders – long the trusted backbone of farms across the country – a new lease on life at affordable prices, reducing operating costs while improving performance and drivability throughout the property. “

    The 52 kWh battery is designed to fit in the underhood rather than the motor.

    The kit’s target price is £24,000, or about $29,500, which is a big discount from conversions other vehicle makers are currently offering. Part of the reason is the smaller battery, as well as the way electric motors are added to the existing clutch bell housing, as this is an actual cassette transfer method and not something that requires more modifications. This group also doesn’t go crazy on horsepower, with some offering up to 600 horses in their old Defender. After all, these are meant for trucking rather than something for luxury parts in London.

    The company says owners will be able to save at least £6,000 ($7,300) in fuel costs over a year of working on the farm, allowing the conversion to pay for itself within four years. This is certainly a reflection of UK fuel costs to some extent, and assumes a significant amount of weekly usage that classic US advocates don’t initially see. But it is difficult to argue with the price of the kit.

    Of course, would old farm-use Defenders owners be willing to invest another $30,000 in an EV conversion kit, versus buying a new or used truck of some sort? This purchase decision still has to compete with other items that may be in demand, as owners simply wait for a larger selection of new EV trucks to appear in a few years.

    Oddly enough, Land Rover itself isn’t in a rush to offer an electric Defender or an electric Defender pickup, so this particular UK spot will be without EV competitors for some time, as most EV trucks will only debut in the US. few years. This also applies to the Tesla Cybertruck, so we won’t be holding our breath for an RHD version at any time.

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