A small grouping of companies has developed an electric vehicle which should offer up both a more environmentally friendly, and quieter, safari experience in Africa. Called the eLandy, it is a modified Land Rover which is said to have been thoroughly tested under extreme conditions so that it will be fully functional in off road situations.
The eLandy was created by Dutch technology firm Emke Engineering, together with the Mukambi Safari Lodge in Zambia and Greensafaris, a subsidiary of the Dutch venture capitalist eVentures. Bound first for the new Moshi Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park, Zambia, where three will be put into play starting with the next season, highlights of its capabilities include a range of 56 miles (90 km), a top speed of 43 mph (70 km/h) and room for up to nine passengers.
With what is said to be roughly 90 percent less maintenance needs than a regular gas powered safari jeep, the eLandy exists in the body of a 25-year-old Land Rover Defender 110. Its electric drivetrain system includes an AC induction, water cooled motor and a 35 kWh, high density lithium-ion iron phosphate battery pack. This pack, which normally can be charged in up to five hours via a regular plug-in option, can also get energy pushed back to it via regenerative braking or a quick charge in the field from a solar panel system.
While definitely a smart idea for those wanting to be able to see more wildlife at closer range while having a cleaner driving safari experience, there are also some other ideas out there for this kind of off-road green technology. Another recent example of this, for example, is a joint venture between European battery firm Axeon and the South African arm of U.K. automaker Jaguar Land Rover from a few years back, according to Green Car Reports. This vehicle concept which under went conversion at that time was a Land Rover Defender 110 as well. It was said to be capable of going up to 62 miles per change across off-road terrain.