The First Range Rover Electric Prototype Is Being Tested on Frozen Lakes

The Range Rover Electric prototype models are undergoing extensive global testing, ranging from frigid -40°C in the Arctic Circle to scorching +50°C in the deserts of the Middle East.

Breaking new ground for Range Rover, a novel traction control system has been developed to deliver outstanding performance on icy or low-grip surfaces. Unlike traditional traction control systems housed solely in the ABS unit, the Range Rover Electric utilises a decentralised approach, assigning the wheel slip management task directly to each individual electric drive control unit.

This innovation dramatically reduces torque reaction time at each wheel, from approximately 100 milliseconds to as little as 1 millisecond.

This cutting-edge software, developed internally by JLR, enables precise speed control of the Electric Drive Units (EDUs) to effectively manage wheel slip, thereby minimising the need for ABS intervention.

The result is optimised traction on all surfaces, with exceptional responsiveness and refined handling, elevating the overall driving experience of the Range Rover. This system seamlessly integrates with stability control and chassis systems to provide an even smoother and more refined driving experience.

While specific performance details for the new Range Rover have not been disclosed yet, it has been assured that it will retain the renowned “go-anywhere” capability of the ICE version. The Range Rover Electric is expected to offer towing, wading, and all-terrain capabilities that surpass any other luxury electric SUV, including the ability to wade through water depths of up to 850mm.

The suggestion that the Range Rover Electric will deliver performance comparable to the existing V8 model implies a total output close to the 515hp offered by the V8. It is anticipated to feature a dual-motor system, enhancing its four-wheel-drive capabilities and incorporating systems like torque vectoring to enhance its off-road prowess.

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