On 2nd May 2013, Greensafaris presented the eLandy, a fully electric Land Rover to be used as a safari vehicle for game drives.
The eLandy was developed by the Dutch technology firm Emke Engineering, together with the Mukambi Safari Lodge in Zambia and Greensafaris, a subsidiary of the Dutch venture capitalist eVentures. This fully electric vehicle makes for silent and emission free game drives.The creators of the eLandy expect the solar charged Land Rover will add a whole new dimension to the safari experience. Instead of the roaring diesel engine, the sounds of the bush will get center focus. The expectations are for more productive game drives; seeing more wildlife at closer range.
The eLandy has been thoroughly tested under extreme conditions. It has full off-road capabilities, a range of 90 km (56 miles), a top speed of 70 km/h (43 mph) and carries up to 9 passengers.
After being presented to the press and safari tour operators, the vehicle is now being shipped to Zambia.
Guido Broek, marketing director of WWF Netherlands, said the eLandy is a great example of how technological innovation and eco-tourism can go hand-in-hand and the WWF supports these kinds of initiatives.
The new Moshi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park, Zambia, will be the first to use the eLandy, starting with the next season. Besides the eLandy, this brand new lodge features more eco-technologies and will take the concept of eco-safaris to a whole new level.
|Fast Facts about the eLandy:|
|Maximal Speed||80 km/h|
|Average Speed||30 km/h|
|Minimal Range||90 kilometres|
|Maximal Charging Time||5 hours|
|Vehicle Efficiency||350 Wh/km|
|Battery Life||200 000 km|
|Nominal Power||50 kW|
|Nominal Torque||200 Nm|
Few photos of whats under the bonnet of this Electric Land Rover Defender.
For more information and photos of the development process, please visit http://www.elandy.nl
Date: 8 May 2013