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JLR officially opens wait list for Range Rover Electric as prototype testing phase begins
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JLR officially opens wait list for Range Rover Electric as prototype testing phase begins

| @indiablooms | 13 Dec 2023, 11:47 pm

Mumbai: Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday opened the wait list for its highly anticipated Range Rover Electric, ahead of formal orders opening to clients.

The Range Rover Electric will be designed, engineered and built in the United Kingdom; with its physical prototype testing phase underway and the engineers are on a target to create the quietest and the most refined Range Rover ever created, a press release said.

With more patents filed for New Range Rover Electric than any other Range Rover before, prototypes are now being subjected to one of the most rigorous engineering sign-off programmes ever – to confirm capabilities spanning extreme temperatures, all conditions and terrains – and of course wading through up to 850 mm deep water.

According to the release, 800 V architecture will enable rapid charging on public networks. Range Rover will offer future clients a seamless electric ownership experience – effortless charging, energy partnerships, software-over-the-air updates and intelligent technology to maximise range

Range Rover Electric will deliver performance comparable to a flagship Range Rover V8 and the all-terrain capability developed in-house by Land Rover experts that has been a hallmark since Range Rover’s inception in 1970.

The new launch will be built on the flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture in Solihull, United Kingdom, alongside the existing mild and extended-range plug-in electric hybrid Range Rover vehicles, as a new £70m underbody facility opens at the plant.

Batteries and electric drive units (EDUs) will be assembled at JLR’s new Electric Propulsion Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

Managing Director Geraldine Ingham said, “Since going on sale in 2021 the latest generation Range Rover has set a new benchmark for desirability. Across the globe, we’re seeing the highest levels of client demand in our 53-year history.

“Because of this unprecedented success story, we’re now opening the official wait list for the opportunity to be among the first to place a pre-order for the most anticipated Range Rover of recent times. Marking a new era for the Range Rover brand: the original luxury SUV is now available as an all-electric model.”

The first physical vehicles have been built, after a year of virtual development spanning front-end robustness, multi-body systems analysis that considers the demand on the chassis, and virtual wading up to 50 km/h. Global on-road testing has started, from Sweden to Dubai, in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to +50 °C.

The global physical testing programme has been adapted for Range Rover’s first fully electric vehicle to ensure the robustness of the electric drive system, including its underfloor, battery durability, chassis integrity and vehicle dynamics tests for thermal derating.

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