Second generation Range Rover Velar will supposedly transform into an EV
The Range Rover Velar just received its first facelift earlier this year. First launched in 2017, the new crossover slots between the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque. It's also a direct competitor to the Porsche Macan.
Currently, the Velar is available with a wide array of turbocharged and electrified engines, including a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). But since its main rival is set to become an all-electric SUV, the folks over at Coventry have a plan. With the Range Rover and Defender set to be available as electric vehicles (EVs), the Velar will supposedly go all electric.
According to a report by Autocar UK, the Range Rover Velar will become an EV for its second generation. It will supposedly be underpinned by the new EMA platform developed by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and will do away with the outgoing D7 architecture shared with the Jaguar F-Pace.
The exact specifics of the Range Rover Velar EV are still closely guarded by the automaker. However, JLR said that the EMA platform will feature 800V hardware for rapid charging and will have bespoke electric motors that they claim will be the “most torque dense” in its class.
As for production, the Range Rover Velar EV will not be made in Land Rover's Coventry facility. Instead, it will reportedly be made at the company's revamped production line in Halewood, Merseyside. This is also where the EV successors of the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport will supposedly be manufactured.
With Jaguar set to become an all-electric brand in 2025 while Land Rover plans to launch around six EVs by 2024, the company is all hands on deck for its future electrification plans.
But before we can get our hands on the Range Rover Velar EV, the Philippine market will first get the fully-electric Range Rover which is scheduled to arrive in around Q1 of 2025.