She’s a 1971 Land Rover Series 2a soon to be transformed into an electric vehicle to explore Australia. She’ll be almost silent and have no exhaust emissions, allowing you to hear, and smell your surroundings. Not the explosions of fossil fuels.
We’ll make Juniper easier and safer to drive than when she was when new, with power steering, heating, auto-cancelling indicators and a bunch of other improvements. We’ll keep the styling and ‘feel’ of the original car, but take away the mechanical complexity. Press the start button and put your foot down. You don’t even need to change gear - unless you want to.
Land Rovers like Juniper helped build our major infrastructure, they fought bushfires, they worked on farms, they deployed around the globe and they brought aid to remote communities. They’re so much fun to drive and they can drive anywhere. They built the most remote roads in the country, but are still perfect for a short trip to the local beach.
The technology underpinning Juniper (and future Jaunt vehicles) is tried and tested. We’re not inventing a new motor or a new kind of battery, we’re using a combination of parts that’ve been put into hundreds of conversions around the world.
We’ll be swapping the original engine for an electric motor that bolts straight to the existing gearbox. We’ll remove the old parts that run off belts and vacuum pressure and replace them with modern components that run off battery power.
A NetGain Hyper9 AC Electric Motor will spin the original drivetrain. It puts out 100kw of power and 235Nm of torque from almost 0 rpm. Tesla battery packs will power the motor and give us the best performance to weight ratio of any EV battery.
All this means Juniper will feel amazing to drive. Conversion to an electric drivetrain transforms old cars. It removes the mechanical complexity (and unreliability), increases the capability, but leaves all the charm.
We’re partnering with EVolution Australia to complete the electrical engineering, drawing on their experience with prior conversions and network of vehicle charge points across the country.
And The Old
There are thousands of Land Rovers sitting on farms and in back sheds. For us, they’re the perfect candidate for an Australian electric vehicle. They helped build our major infrastructure, they fought bushfires, they worked on farms, they deployed around the globe and they brought aid to remote communities. They’re so much fun to drive and they can drive anywhere. They built the most remote roads in the country and yet are still perfect for a trip to the local beach.
Why a Series Land Rover?
An aluminium panels means they’ve not rusted. A body on frame construction makes them easy to work on. They're built to carry heavy loads, meaning we can install a lot of batteries. There's an extensive parts network as many components remained unchanged for 50 years. They're still affordable to purchase and available nationwide. And they have an iconic, nostalgic shape, that inspires adventure.
Eventually we’ll look at other car makes and models, choosing vehicles bespoke for locations.