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JLR to test Land Rover Defender with hydrogen fuel cell

06/16/2021 - 03:30

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC (part of Tata Motors) has announced the forthcoming testing of a prototype hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle based on the Land Rover Defender.

Josh Hallett
Josh Hallett
This is part of the manufacturer's programme to reduce exhaust emissions to zero by 2036. The project will be part-funded by the UK government. Trials will start later this year.

In February, the automaker announced ambitious plans to electrify its range of vehicles. In particular, the manufacturer promised that by 2025 all cars produced under the Jaguar brand will be electric, and sales of Jaguar cars with internal combustion engines will be discontinued. In addition, the company has said it intends to introduce six all-electric Land Rover models in the next five years.

Hydrogen fuel cells have long been seen as an alternative to batteries because the technology solves two of the main problems faced by battery electric vehicles: charging speed and vehicle range. Nevertheless, some manufacturers eventually abandoned further development of this technology due to its relative high cost and underdeveloped charging infrastructure. In turn, JLR says the speed of charging and range make the technology "ideal" for larger vehicles, such as those the company produces.