Unique electric Defender designed for Africa

A custom-made electric Defender 110 is now quietly prowling the Kenyan wilderness, thanks to engineers at a luxury yacht manufacturer.

Aerial photo of fully electric Defender designed for Africa

by Theo Ford-Sagers |

Designed by Sunreef Yachts, a catamaran builder based in Poland, the Land Rover has been donated to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) for use at its eco-friendly camping lodges.

Sunreef CEO, Francis Lapp, is said to have had a hands-on role in the development of the vehicle – combining his experience as both an electrical engineer, and a rally raid competitor.

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Environmental responsibility has been an underlying motivation for the build. The eight-seater safari bus uses a large solar panel system designed by the Sunreef Yachts and used on their own vessels.

‘The MWCT brings a fantastic vision to life: working with the proud Maasai community to protect Kenya’s unique natural heritage and wildlife,’ says Lapp. ‘The definition of responsible travel that the trust promotes is one of a kind and I feel Sunreef Yachts shares the same philosophy. The company’s leading position in sustainable yachting motivates us to share our knowledge and know-how with inspiring partners.’

The MWCT exists to preserve wilderness and wildlife, with projects including wildlife monitoring, carbon credits and ecotourism. For more information can be found on their website.

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