Get ready Mayfair: the Range Rover Electric is coming in 2024
A waiting list for the electric Range Rover is now open, with the new car set to offer off-road prowess and silent zero-emissions running
After years of waiting, Land Rover has announced the Range Rover Electric is finally set to arrive in 2024.
Aiming to become the kingpin of luxury electric SUVs, the Range Rover Electric will go toe-to-toe with the very best zero-emissions 4x4s on sale right now, including the Tesla Model X, Volvo EX90 and even our 2024 DrivingElectric Car of the Year, the Kia EV9.
The Range Rover Electric is confirmed to be undergoing prototype testing, with JLR (Jaguar-Land Rover) stating that it’s “being subjected to one of the most rigorous engineering sign-off programmes ever”. JLR’s Engineering boss, Thomas Müller, said, “[they] are on target to create the quietest and most refined Range Rover ever. The magic ingredients that underpin the success of Range Rover remain unchanged – now offered with zero tailpipe emissions.”
Despite its all-electric powertrain, the electrified Range Rover will sit on the same Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) underpinnings as the petrol, diesel and hybrid models. It’ll be built at the firm’s new Electric Propulsion Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton and while exact battery and electric motor specifications remain a secret for now, Land Rover has given some information regarding what we can expect from the zero-emissions Range Rover.
For starters, we know that it’ll incorporate an 800v electrical architecture, paving the way for ultra-rapid charging. This means that it could be possible to charge the Range Rover Electric’s battery – which is likely to be in excess of 100kWh – in around 30 minutes or less, provided you use a suitably powerful public charger.
Like all Land Rover models, the new Range Rover Electric should be pretty handy and capable off-road, too; the British firm has said its first fully-electric model will be able to wade in water depths of up to 850mm – the same as a Land Rover Defender – and operate in extreme temperatures ranging from minus 40, all the way up to 50 degrees centigrade.
New teaser images also give us our first glimpse of what the new car will look like; as we expected, there will only be very subtle differences between the Range Rover Electric and its combustion engined counterparts. The latest pictures showcase a blocked-off version of the latest Range Rover’s flush geometric grille, as well as ‘EV’ centre caps for the wheels. Land Rover’s ‘reductive minimalism’ design philosophy should also pay dividends when it comes to range, with the fifth-generation Range Rover’s smooth appearance likely to have a positive effect on aerodynamic efficiency.
Keen buyers are able to join a waiting list for the new Range Rover Electric now, although order books won’t open until well into 2024. Pricing for the electric Range Rover is yet to be revealed, but you can expect it to be one of the brand’s most expensive models yet and certainly more expensive than the likes of the £130,000 Mercedes EQS SUV.
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