Meet Land Rover's latest game-changer! This is the Defender Safari EV concept - a one-off prototype developed by Land Rover South Africa and set to debut at Indaba 2011, one of Africa's largest tourism events, which will be held in Durban from 7 to 10 May.
Jointly engineered by Land Rover Specialists Barker Performance Products and Land Rover's own engineers, the concept ditches the usual diesel engine and replaces it with lithium-ion batteries powering a 80bhp electric motor with 330Nm of torque.
On a single charge a range of 63 miles is possible, up to speeds of 37mph. That's enough for eight hours of safari driving - or three times an average trip. And of course it retains a four-wheel drive transmission, so it's every bit as rugged as a conventional Land Rover.