Update: ‘Price’ section updated.
Jaguar Land Rover looks confident about successfully electrifying even the biggest models, including the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. As part of the fifth-gen Range Rover announcement, it has confirmed the launch of a Range Rover Electric in 2024. Besides the Land Rover Defender EV, the Range Rover Sport Electric, and Range Rover Electric will be the most daring vehicle projects under the company’s Reimagine strategy.
We already have a confirmation for a Range Rover Electric in the announcement of the fifth-generation model:
I’m also very excited to let you know and to announce that we are going to launch the all-electric, 100% electric Range Rover by 2024.Lennard Hoornik, Chief Commercial Officer, Jaguar Land Rover (Fifth-generation Range Rover world premiere on October 26, 2021)
All-new Range Rover design
The all-new Range Rover is an evolutionary upgrade over the fourth-gen model on the design front. Its silhouette looks nearly identical to the outgoing model. JLR has refined the globally lauded design with a slightly different expression for the new decade.
The Gerry McGovern-led design team has retained the Range Rover’s signature features like the clamshell hood, straight lines, clean and elegant surfaces, and the distinctive taper to the bodywork at the rear. Just as we had speculated, the drag coefficient (0.30 Cd) is around 10% lower than in the outgoing model (0.34 Cd), beats the Mercedes GLS (0.32 Cd), and gives it best-in-class aerodynamics. With this significantly lower drag coefficient figure, the all-new Range Rover is the world’s most aerodynamically efficient luxury SUV, JLR claims.
At the front, the all-new Range Rover features slimmer headlamps and grille, and a more prominent lower grille design with two body-colored horizontal slats covering the entire width. Designers have placed thin LED fog lights neatly between the edgy bars on the lower grille. New, pipe-like inserts on the radiator grille underline the slimmer and wider footprint of the other design elements on the front fascia. On the sides, the Range Rover has received flush door handles and a new fuel cap lid that is larger but features a similar squircle shape.
The rear-end has changed remarkably, making the flagship JLR model offbeat, and to an extent, futuristic. Gearing up for the zero-emissions future, the designers have gotten rid of exposed tail pipes. The portion of the tailgate below the glass is a smooth surface with rounded outer sections. It houses a full-width plaque gloss black panel with a Range Rover inscription in the center, and this panel connects to extremely thin tail lamps. The new bumper design with a thin skid plate and slim fog lights/light reflectors emphasize the all-new model’s sleeker design.
In addition to the tail lamps, the two shark fin antennas on the roof create a slightly polarizing look for the all-new Range Rover at the rear. Be it in awe or shock, the unusual design of its rear-end would make heads turn.
The all-new Range Rover’s interior looks familiar, but every part carries an all-new design. The two-spoke steering’s odd structure might disappoint some. The significantly larger screen should make using the infotainment system much more convenient and entertaining for most, if not all, front occupants. JLR has used the Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system with a 13.3-inch curved, floating screen—the largest ever touchscreen in a Land Rover. The new central display, in what’s a Land Rover-first feature, provides haptic feedback on touching and pressing the screen, making its usage less distractive.
Unlike the outgoing model’s tilting display, the all-new Range Rover’s new central display is a fixed unit, but it has a better angle by default, without any need for adjustment. That’s partly because the dashboard isn’t as raked. The new central display has a better aspect ratio that is more suited for reading. There’s no secondary central display, as the primary display itself is big enough.
A 13.7-inch semi-floating, fully digital instrument cluster works in sync with the Pivi Pro system. The new climate control panel is more conventional. The electronic gear selector is a new short and compact unit, in line with the new reduced design theme. Rear-seat passengers can entertain themselves with adjustable 11.4-inch HD touchscreens. An 8-inch touchscreen residing in the rear center armrest allows controlling the seating position and making other adjustments to fine-tune the rear cabin environment. For the first time, customers can specify their Range Rover as a seven-seater, and so, big families no longer need to settle for the Range Rover Sport.
Range Rover Electric design
Land Rover has prepared an excellent base for the Range Rover Electric. With a remarkably clean and aerodynamic body, it’s unlikely to make drastic changes here. Expect a shut-off/faux radiator grille, unique bumpers, and newly designed wheels that favor aerodynamics to be the only real changes.
Range Rover customers generally prefer an understated styling, and McGovern’s team wouldn’t disturb the balance with stereotypical tell-tale EV signatures. The Electric Range Rover should have some subtle design cues to let the world know where the brand is headed in its evolution. So, while we haven’t thrown in a glossy or curvy panel in place of the radiator grille, but used a slightly cleaner yet just as sophisticated grille—some may think even more so—featuring a square mesh pattern. A royal blue V-shaped frame for the exquisitely blanked-off upper grille and a metal blade in a matching color above the skid plate are among the subtle exclusivities at the front.
On the sides, the trademark signature side graphic features a contrasting blue highlight. The chunky multi-spoke alloy wheels carry a special aerodynamic design without hassling the planted and purposeful stance. An electrically-operated flap secures the EV’s charging port. The roof, we imagine, is configurable in blue seen on the EV-specific highlights elsewhere on the exterior.
Land Rover may offer a few EV-specific body paints for the Range Rover Electric, but the interior will likely be nearly identical. Expect new eco-friendly and recycled materials to be part of the material mix. Needless to say, the graphics and menus of the instrument cluster and infotainment system could have different expressions.
40% sales to be the LWB version
JLR’s North American CEO Joe Eberhardt told AutoNews on May 7, 2022, that customers were looking forward to the three-row version of the Range Rover. The CEO expects 60% of orders to be the short-wheelbase version and 40% of orders to be the long-wheelbase SUV in the United States. The majority of the long-wheelbase cars are expected to be configured with three rows of seats. Moreover, Eberhardt also stated that the three-row SUV is the most usable variant, where the seats can be folded to expand the boot. As it’s clear that many customers prefer three-row seating, Land Rover is unlikely to ignore their needs in the EV.
Range Rover Electric SV
A Range Rover Electric SV is also in the pipeline. Arriving from the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, the all-electric Range Rover SV should offer exclusive design details, colors, and materials. A high degree of personalization would let customers configure a more luxurious and unique SUV.
Michael van der Sande, MD – SVO, Jaguar Land Rover, has told Autocar that the company wants the first SV EV as emotionally attractive as the SV models with an internal combustion engine. The electric SVs from Land Rover will likely include some go-fast SUVs and perhaps some off-road-specializing SUVs, as electric powertrains can improve off-road capability.
Range Rover Electric interior
According to Hennessy Land Rover Gwinnett (landrovergwinnett.com), a Land Rover dealership in Duluth (Georgia), USA, the Range Rover Electric is expected in 4-7 seat versions. The pure electric Range Rover will feature the largest screens Land Rover offers. A leather-free interior will be available optionally to make it even more appealing for eco-conscious customers who are stand against animal cruelty and seek a vegan alternative. Wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, and a wireless smartphone charger will be standard, helping customers to avoid extra wires and further save the environment.
The Range Rover Electric’s electronics would undergo testing at Jaguar Land Rover’s new Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory in Gaydon, UK. The new facility, where the 2023 Range Rover Sport has already undergone testing, has an electrically ‘quiet’ rolling road to test vehicles at speed and equipment to examine the performance of their components like electric motors or batteries.
The all-new Range Rover packs a ton of high-end features, and its electric variant would get most of them, in addition to some exclusives. High-definition digital LED headlights, 23-inch alloy wheels, flush deployable powered door handles, power-assisted door handles, deployable side steps, and “hidden-until-lit” rear lights are the exterior highlights.
Inside, multiple screens in the front and rear create a highly digital set-up. A sleek 13.1-inch touchscreen sits at the center of the dashboard, and it allows using the Pivi Pro infotainment system in what looks like the most user-friendly manner ever in a Land Rover. In line with that floating display, there’s a 13.7-inch semi-floating instrument cluster in front of the steering wheel, which features “hidden-until-lit” controls. A head-up display that appears to project information 2.0 meters away from the driver reduces the required ‘look-downs’ or glances at the instrument cluster.
Rear seat amenities
Rear-seat passengers can entertain themselves with the new Rear Seat Entertainment System that includes individually operable 11.4-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the rear of the front seatbacks. An 8-inch touchscreen controller allows passengers to change the rear cabin environment as needed. The rear-seat passengers benefit from heated door armrests, a heated center console, hot stone massage functionality, a heated heel catcher, and a calf-rest, too.
The Range Rover’s hallmark split or two-piece tailgate takes luxury a notch above by including a new Tailgate Event Suite feature. Customers can enjoy scenic spots, picnics, sports events, or simply relax outdoors by sitting on the lower part of the tailgate. The upper part integrates dimmable spotlights and dedicated speakers to create a perfect ambiance for two people.
Expect these features to be available in the 2024 Range Rover Electric.
The 2022 Range Rover opens a new chapter for the brand, debuting a game-changing platform, MLA-Flex, that will prepare it to go all-electric. MLA-Flex will enable Land Rover to package even the heaviest SUVs with everything from conventional engines to hybrid systems and fully electric powertrains. Land Rover plans to utilize MLA-Flex for every model above the Evoque eventually, in a top-down approach, and the big daddy Range Rover is the first of the lot.
Ultimately, New Range Rover will also become the first all-electric Land Rover as we deliver the vision laid out in our Reimagine strategyNick Miller, Range Rover Product Chief, Jaguar Land Rover (World Premiere on October 26, 2021)
Thanks to the MLA-Flex platform, the all-new Range Rover’s body is up to 50% stiffer, with a static torsional stiffness of 33 kNm/deg. The torsional stiffness is up to 50% higher even with a full-length panoramic roof. The all-new Range Rover is the brand’s first model available with 23-inch wheels, and they would look great on its electric variant. The 75 mm extra wheelbase of the MLA-Flex platform provides a roomier interior. With the additional 200 mm wheelbase of the Long Wheelbase version, for the first time ever in the Range Rover, seven occupants can comfortably travel together.
The MLA platform – it’s a unique platform. It’s a platform which is bringing (not only) all this proportion that you can see on our cars, but also all the extraordinary capabilities which make them completely unique.Thierry Bollore, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover (Tata Motors Q3 FY22 earnings conference call on January 31, 2022)
Range Rover Electric Powertrain
The Range Rover Electric could get powertrains co-developed with the BMW Group. In June 2019, Jaguar Land Rover collaborated with the German automaker to develop next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) jointly. However, the companies plan to manufacture them for their respective models individually. JLR plans to make electric drive systems at the Wolverhampton-based Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC). Could they be related to the fifth-gen BMW eDrive powering the iX and i4? Possibly. However, we doubt they have a connection to the advanced sixth-gen BMW eDrive that goes into the Neue Klasse models arriving from 2025.
The batteries used in the Electric Range Rover could come from Envision AESC. According to a report from Financial Times, Envision AESC plans to open a new battery plant for Nissan in Sunderland, UK, but it’s holding talks for battery supply with Jaguar Land Rover as well. Neither of the two companies has officially disclosed any such development, though.
With JLR planning six EVs from Land Rover alone, plus a number of Jaguar electric car models, its potential battery demand may necessitate a dedicated plant that makes high-capacity batteries. Should the deal happen, the second factory could also be located in the UK, although production sites in Spain and Hungary are under consideration as well.
|Aspect||Range Rover Electric Specification (Expected)|
|Battery Pack Capacity||100-110 kWh|
|No. of Motors||Two|
|Power||Up to 530 hp|
|Torque||Up to 750 lb.-ft.|
|EPA-est. Range||275-300 miles|
|Peak Charging Power||11 kW (AC)/200 kW (DC)|
|Least Charging Time||10 hours (10-100% SoC, AC)/35 minutes (10-80%, DC)|
Customizable home charging
On July 8, 2022, Jaguar Land Rover announced that it will offer high-end, customizable home charging point points for its electrified models, which will include the Range Rover Electric from 2024, in the UK. The company may offer the same in the U.S. as well.
In the UK, JLR has collaborated with Andersen EV, a London-based company that manufactures and supplies luxury, vehicle customizable charging points. As many customers don’t want the standard wall-mounted EV chargers because they can be an eyesore, the company will offer them Andersen EV’s stylish wall-mounted EV charger called A2.
The Andersen EV A2 home charger comes in 7 and 22 kW variants. It features a premium design and a hidden compartment to hide the charging cable and plug when not in use. With 96 color options and two material choices – metal and (sustainably sourced) Accoya wood, customers can order their A2 home charger in a look that best suits the color theme of their residence.
The all-new Range Rover’s P440e plug-in hybrid variant costs USD 108,400 in the U.S. The prices of its pure electric variant could start at around USD 130,000.
In the Q&A session after JLR detailed its new direction in February 2021, an analyst asked if it sees the Range Rover BEVs as a priority and its views on the risk involved in demand and profitability. In response, Thierry Bollore, the CEO of the British luxury automaker, indicated that both Range Rover Sport EV and Range Rover Electric will be profitable models.
Well, when we design our programs, vehicle programs, I can tell you that we even do not imagine to design them with level of profitability which would be detrimental in terms of contribution to our targets. And I think it was quite clear in our presentations that we want all models of each brand to contribute to the profitability targets of the company. So, there is no margin here of mistaking, and we won’t. We know, we are going to make sure that we will get right profitability with these products as well.Thierry Bollore, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover has struck a deal with Wolfspeed to source the company’s Silicon Carbide semiconductors. The company plans to use these high-bandgap semiconductors in the inverters of future electric vehicles, beginning with the Range Rover Electric in 2024. As part of the deal, JLR enjoys the benefits of the Wolfspeed Assurance of Supply Program, which will give it greater visibility and control over its future supply chain.
Silicon Carbide semiconductor has a bandgap of 3.26, which is almost three times the bandgap of Silicon semiconductor (1.12). Thus, electronics using Si semiconductors can be smaller, operate much faster and more reliably, and function at higher temperatures, higher voltages and higher frequencies.
6 new Land Rover electric variants by 2025 under the ‘Reimagine’ strategy
In its annual report for 2022, JLR says that the Land Rover portfolio will see the inclusion of six pure electric variants based on Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) and Electric Modular Architecture (EMA) over the next four years. The Range Rover Electric is on track for a 2024 launch. The company expects Land Rover electric models to account for 60% of the brand’s global sales by 2030.
According to a report on autocar.co.uk, for Bollore, a pure electric Range Rover is a priority. By the end of this year, the Mercedes EQS SUV and the GMC Hummer EV SUV would be on the shopping list of the elite looking out for a full-size luxury electric SUV. The Lucid Gravity would follow in 2023, making this segment exciting for customers.
Land Rover intends for the Range Rover to be the most capable and luxurious SUV, and the pursuit is deemed to fail if efforts are not directed on a fully-electrified carriage. The British icon would also have to protect its business equally from legacy brands and startups like Rivian, Lucid, and Polestar that are younger than the iPhone and are proving that customers are comfortable up to coughing-up six-digit figures for luxury, performance, and off-road vehicles from unknown marques.
Range Rover Electric FAQs
What is the Range Rover Electric release date?
JLR has scheduled the Range Rover Electric release in 2024.
What will be the Electric Range Rover price?
The base Range Rover Electric could cost around USD 130,000.
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