The benefits include faster DC charging and new display controls.
Land Rover restoration specialist ECD Automotive Design has announced the details of its next-generation electric drivetrains that will enable emission-free driving for several of the company's bespoke builds. Most of ECD's exquisite Land Rover Defender builds through the years have featured burly V8 engines, but like everyone else, the company has started transitioning to electric power.
Its new electric drivetrains come with either 42- or 84-kilowatt-hour battery packs while promising faster charging. Drivers can easily monitor the drivetrain's status with information like remaining range and power efficiency displayed on an advanced interface that forms part of the infotainment system.
The upgraded electric power systems have new batteries and no longer use refurbished battery cells. The smaller 42-kWh battery has a 150-mile range and is used for classic Jaguar E-Types, whereas the larger 84-kWh battery is equipped to the company's vintage Defenders, which are obviously heavier and require more energy. In the Defender, the range is 200 miles.
ECD says the batteries now support DC fast charging, which means they can be replenished from 10% to 80% in under an hour.
"ECD's biggest advantage is that we're never satisfied - switching our electric drivetrains is the latest in a long list of changes we've made since we started in 2013," said Chief Technology Officer and ECD co-founder Elliot Humble. "After extensive testing on battery life, range, and more, I'm confident that our new EVs will provide an even more powerful driving experience for the ECD family."
As part of the electric drivetrain upgrade, a new driver display is integrated into the custom console. From here, drivers can choose from three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport.
Eco creates a more dampened feel for the pedal and prioritizes range, while Sport maximizes performance. The Normal mode provides a balance between efficiency and performance. From this display screen, drivers can also switch between two- and four-wheel drive; when power is sent to the rear wheels only, the vehicle delivers more range. The display also offers access to the regenerative braking function and hill assist/idle creep mode.
A few weeks ago, ECD revealed a Defender with a Tesla powertrain. That one had a much larger 100-kWh battery and made 450 horsepower. But considering that ECD's restomods will likely go to well-heeled customers with more than one car, such a large battery is not necessarily crucial.
The first EV with ECD's new electric drivetrain was a deluxe vintage Defender produced in February.
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