UK vehicle converter Electrogenic have won an Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund award, to develop low-cost technology to convert Land Rovers to all-electric in partnership with Glastonbury Festival organisers, Worthy Farm and Cardiff University to develop and test retro fitted green technology in a working environment.
A significant number of farmers and land owners in the UK are taking the initiative to decarbonise, but no-one currently makes an electric four-wheel-drive equivalent to the classic Land Rover.
Over the next nine months, Electrogenic will be converting four Land Rovers to e-power. The vehicles will run around Worthy Farm doing the usual jobs, while Electrogenic capture as much data as possible. This will allow Cardiff University to build a computer model to predict how the vehicles will perform on other farms and in other environments. Electrogenic’s aim is to help farmers and landowners towards net-zero by creating a cost-effective zero-emission solution for everyday transport.
Converting working off-road vehicles rot electric has big benefits in helping to decarbonise land management. It also creates direct operating cost benefits: no fuel consumption when the vehicle is stationary, and vehicle maintenance reduced to just brakes and suspension. When combined with electricity from Worthy Farm’s solar and anaerobic digestion installations, the conversions are expected to lead to significant reductions in operating costs.
Electrogenic is pleased with Innovate UK’s recognition of its unique technology, which enables easy remote monitoring of all the data generated by the vehicles’ control systems. They will develop and deploy two different designs, and deploying them on a working farm will give a real insight into how to keep costs down by not over-engineering the conversion. The vehicles will be tested throughout the winter, working every day in the worst that the weather can throw at them. The end product will be fully documented, cost-effective way of going off road all-electric.