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Jaguar Land Rover to develop Defender-based hydrogen vehicle

Jaguar Land Rover to develop Defender-based hydrogen vehicle

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Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that it is working on a hydrogen-powered version of its Defender.

The vehicle - which is set to enter a testing phase later this year - is another way for JLR to achieve zero tailpipe emissions by 2036 and net-zero carbon emissions across its entire supply chain, products and operations by 2039. 

The development of the vehicle falls under JLR’s advanced engineering project - codenamed Project Zeus - which will allow engineers to design, test and develop hydrogen powertrains. 

The hydrogen Defender will be put through its paces towards the end of the year in order to ensure that it can deliver the same experience as the diesel and petrol-powered variants. 

The firm has also partnered with research and development experts including Delta Motorsport, AVL, Marelli Automotive Systems and the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to help create the new hydrogen vehicle.

Ralph Clague, head of hydrogen and fuel cells for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We know hydrogen has a role to play in the future powertrain mix across the whole transport industry, and alongside battery electric vehicles, it offers another zero tailpipe emission solution for the specific capabilities and requirements of Jaguar Land Rover’s world class line-up of vehicles.

“The work done alongside our partners in Project Zeus will help us on our journey to become a net zero carbon business by 2039, as we prepare for the next generation of zero tailpipe emissions vehicles.”

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