Admittedly its not the future, and I don’t expect battery powered WMIK-R’s to be forging their way across the desert sands of some forsaken land anytime soon, but it’s a start! This limited production prototype has been produced by Land Rover South Africa, in conjunction with Barker Performance Products.
In place of the usual internal combustion engine is a 300 volt, 27kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, providing juice to an 94 bhp electric motor, in place of the gearbox. Ok, not the stuff of your average Sci-fi blockbuster, but it provides 330 Nm of torque at zero revs and a limited top speed of 70 mph, despite being 100kg heavier than the comparable vehicle.
The vehicle was produced with safari in mind, so the usual loud-ish diesel engine wouldn’t scare the wildlife; although by all accounts the whine of the electric motor is still audible.
I personally think it is a clever idea from a group of clever people…