For off road enthusiasts one of the classic 4×4 vehicles is the Range Rover. It would be unthinkable to go on an African safari, trek through Mongolia or cross the dunes in Morocco without the Range Rover at your side. And while many now drive the Range Rover in suburbia hauling groceries instead of supplies, today Range Rover has made history by announcing it to will join the electric revolution. Range Rover is to produce an electric model in the upcoming year.
The Range Rover will not be a low powered, low distance vehicle that many manufacturers are currently producing. In fact, the Range Rover electric version is expected to achieve 200 miles on one single charge. In addition, it will have solar panels (brought from the dealer mentioned in this useful reference) on the roof to help charge batteries, run the A/C and other interior amenities. In addition, Range Rover states that there are a whole host of technologies that they are in the process of researching and testing which might make their way into the vehicle. Range Rover states that this new electric vehicle will use about 80% less energy than a typical Range Rover with no reduction in power.
While this is definitely a step in the right direction, the first few production vehicles produced will be quite expensive and out of reach for most consumers. Range Rover is expected to release the first electric models for the price of $175K to $230K- easily twice as much as Tesla’s Roadster. However, for those into off roading and the environment, this is definitely a step in the right direction and will lead to lower prices and better technology for the many vehicles to come. While currently just a prototype, we look forward to seeing the new electric Range Rover in a couple of years.