Land Rover Defender 110 expedition

For Climate Connection Africa, we converted this Land Rover Defender to electric drive with our Zonic180 engine. The 90kW, 2.5l diesel engine and 5-speed manual transmission have been replaced with a new powertrain we developed specifically for the Land Rover Defender. This involves mounting the Zonic180 with a 2.2:1 reduction gearbox directly to the transfer case so you can choose between high and low gearing but you don’t have to shift gears. Partly because of this, the Defender drives very smoothly and smoothly. For the battery pack, we chose to supplement our universal 55kWh pack in the engine compartment with another 27kWh of batteries between the rear wheels and the front seats which gives a range between 220km and 280km. Charging can be done in several ways; 1 or 3 phase AC at a (public) charging station or DC CCS fast charging with a charging speed of up to 50kW. For charging in remote locations, the pop top roof is fitted with a retractable solar panel package.

The Defender will soon be loaded onto a boat to Africa and then the owners, mother and daughter (Marjon and Ella), will travel around Africa in the converted 4×4 Landrover Defender. During the trip, they will hold workshops in schools, with businesses, and organizations on the topic of climate change. In addition, they will visit related initiatives along the way. You can follow them through the social media links at

Type: Defender 110 hard top

Built year: 2010

Converted: 2024

Engine power peak: 180kW / 360Nm

Voltage: 336V

Battery Capacity: 82kWh


Charge time:DC CCS fast charging 20-80% in 60 minutes

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