Hydrogen SUVs From JLR Inside 10 Years!

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is researching the possibilities of hydrogen power for its larger vehicles, with Project Zeus – as it has been dubbed – looking into the use of fuel cell technology for zero emissions versions of  its model range.

According to Autocar, the project is still in its infancy but the first concept is likely to be an Evoque-sized SUV. The technology is being considered for JLR’s Land Rover range, with the Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover all natural choices for fuel cells, because of their size and their need for flexible long range usage.

Nick Rogers, JLR product engineering chief, explained in a recent online event that the brand will soon be revealing a driveable hydrogen fuel concept car.

“We’re looking for the right propulsion systems, ones that see minimum interference to the environment. With hydrogen, we believe there’s a key place [for it]. We’re developing and investing in that, and we’re getting great support to do that,” he went on to say.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen gas to power electric motors, combining hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity which then drives the engine. They’re classed as electric vehicles but unlike other models of this kind, the range and refuelling process is similar to more conventional vehicles.

They’re also an eco-friendly option, because the only byproducts of converting hydrogen gas into electricity is water and heat, so there’s no exhaust pollution. Hydrogen refuelling stations are required, however, which sell pressurised hydrogen to drivers.

It only takes a matter of minutes to refuel, unlike electric charging, which can take anything from 30 minutes to 12 hours.

Looking for Land Rover engine rebuild specialists? Get in touch with us today.

Leave a Reply