Outdated Land Rovers by no means die, nor do they even fade away. Typically they develop into electrified.
The British Military is about to start a undertaking to change a quartet of in-service army Land Rovers, and to transform them from diesel to electrical energy.
The conversions are to be finished by UK protection contractor Babcock Worldwide in partnership with EV specialists Electrogenic underneath a one-year contract granted by the British Ministry of Protection. Then the military “will assess efficiency over steep terrain, wading and towing, and totally different climate-related circumstances,” in keeping with Babcock.
The processes concerned in EV conversions embody dropping out the previous diesel engines and becoming new, as-yet-unspecified electrical powertrains earlier than the automobiles are pitted in opposition to their old-school brethren.
The British Military bought its first batch of Land Rovers in 1949 for use for rugged, off-road functions, a lot in the best way that the Jeep served the army for the USA. Most military Land Rovers have been retired, however clearly some are nonetheless in service, and there may be additionally a thriving enterprise in Britain to promote restored examples.