JLR backs hydrogen for Land Rover Defender

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) based on the new Land Rover Defender, with testing scheduled to begin this year.

JLR is backing the technology for its quick refuelling, long range and ability to operate efficiently over a wide range of temperatures (especially very low temperatures). Such attributes are likely to be appealing to traditional Land Rover users.

The company already has an advanced EV platform used for its iPace SUV, and together with the FCEV concept is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s aim to achieve zero tailpipe emissions by 2036, and net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039, in line with its Reimagine strategy.

Since 2018, the global number of FCEVs on the road has nearly doubled while hydrogen refuelling stations have increased by more than 20 per cent. By 2030, forecasts predict hydrogen-powered FCEV deployment could top 10 million with 10,000 refuelling stations worldwide.

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