Taking advantage of an event held in the United Kingdom, the British Jaguar Land Rover has presented the first sample of the work it is carrying out and which will form part of the alternatives to 100% electric powertrains. It is a Land Rover Defender equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system that the British group has co-developed with various companies in the country.
In the absence of an official press release about this model, the first public information has been revealed by Gareth Potter, who in addition to being one of the engineers who has taken part in the project by Jaguar Land Rover, is also one of the well-known figure in the British automobile scene.
As confirmed by the engineer, it is about the materialization of the Zeus Project that the brand announced last year, although still in prototype form, so the unit shown only carries a first version of the Jaguar Land Rover fuel cell. Other companies that have collaborated with the British manufacturer are Marelli, Delta Coswoth or AVL, among others.
Potter has commented on one of his social networks that the prototype is “powered by a 90 kW hydrogen fuel cella high-output battery of around 300 kW from Delta Motorsport, coupled to two electric power units and integrated control electronics developed by JLR and AVL.”
Each electric motor, manufactured and designed by Jaguar Land Rover, has a power of 147 kWwhile the battery takes place under the floor of the passenger compartment, between the front and rear seats, and has a capacity of 16.7 kWh.
At the moment the brand has not disclosed the prototype in a deeper way, nor has it officially communicated anything about it. However, it is expected to do so in the next few hours or days.
Within Jaguar Land Rover, the consortium has made the decision that its off-road division will experiment the most in the realm of alternatives to 100% electric powertrains. And it is that due to the type of bodywork that the Land Rover models have, a solution such as the fuel cell seems more appropriate, since they are cars that, if they opt for a battery-powered electric system, will never be able to enjoy the same advantages in terms of autonomy and performance as a Jaguar car, since it will always be much more efficient.
Another news related to the hydrogen cell that has taken place recently has been led by BMW, who, against the rest of the large German manufacturers, has begun the production of a fuel cell system for its BMW iX5 Hydrogen.