Jaguar Land Rover to develop a Defender-like hydrogen fuel cell EV – TechCrunch



Jaguar Land Rover is growing a hydrogen gas cell car based mostly on the brand new Defender SUV and plans to start testing the prototype subsequent yr.

The prototype program, referred to as Mission Zeus, is a part of JLR’s bigger intention to solely produce zero-tailpipe emissions automobiles by 20236. JLR has additionally made a dedication to have zero carbon emissions throughout its provide chain, merchandise and operations by 2039.

Mission Zeus is partially funded by the UK government-backed Superior Propulsion Middle. The automaker has additionally tapped AVL, Delta Motorsport, Marelli Automotive Techniques and the UK Battery Industrialization Middle to assist develop the prototype. The testing program is designed to assist engineers perceive how a hydrogen powertrain may be developed that will meet the efficiency and functionality (like towing and off roading) requirements that Land Rover clients anticipate.

Gas cells mix hydrogen and oxygen to supply electrical energy with out combustion. The electrical energy generated from hydrogen is used to energy an electrical motor. Some automakers, researchers and policymakers have advocated for the expertise as a result of hydrogen-powered FCEVs may be refueled rapidly, have a high-energy density and don’t lose as a lot vary in chilly temperatures. The mixture means EVs that may journey longer distances.

Few gas cell EVs, in any other case referred to as FCEVs, are in the marketplace right now partially due to an absence of refueling stations. The Toyota Mirai is one instance.


Information from the Worldwide Vitality Company and up to date commitments by automakers means that could be altering. Final month, BMW Chairman Oliver Zipse mentioned the automaker plans to supply a small variety of hydrogen fuel-cell powered X5 SUVs subsequent yr.

The variety of FCEVs on the planet almost doubled to 25,210 models in 2019 from the earlier yr, the newest information from the IEA exhibits. America has been the chief in gross sales, though there was a dip in 2019, adopted by China, Japan and Korea.

Japan has been a frontrunner on the infrastructure finish because it goals to have 200,000 FCEVs on the highway by 2025. The nation had put in 113 stations as of 2019, almost twice as many as america.

“We all know hydrogen has a task to play sooner or later powertrain combine throughout the entire transport business, and alongside battery electrical automobiles, it presents one other zero tailpipe emission resolution for the particular capabilities and necessities of Jaguar Land Rover’s world class line-up of automobiles,” Ralph Clague, the pinnacle of hydrogen and gas cells for Jaguar Land Rover mentioned in a press release.


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