Sunreef Yachts Build Electric Off-Roader to Conserve African Wilderness
Sunreef Yachts, the company responsible for some of the most remarkable vessels of this century, has built an off-road classic, a fully-electric safari car for the conservation of the African wilderness. With a vision of sustainable travel, the Polish shipyard has donated the electric vehicle to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) – an organization that thrives to protect the legendary ecosystems of East Africa, to support the Trust’s goal for more sustainable travel when carrying out vital programs.
Francis Lapp, Sunreef’s founder and CEO, who also worked on this project, said,
The definition of responsible travel that the trust promotes is one of a kind and I feel Sunreef Yachts shares the same philosophy. The Sunreef Yachts Eco technology designed for yachts is now applied to an electric car. I am happy to witness this evolution and am confident it will lead to more exciting projects.
The vehicle was engineered to uphold green technology through its every aspect. The custom four-wheeler was developed by Sunreef’s mechanical and R&D teams, who used their expertise in green tech and mechanical prowess to create an emission-free vehicle for the MWCT.
The maker first purchased a classic Land Rover Defender from the UK, which served as a base for all manner of modifications. To begin with, the Defender’s enclosed back was removed and the entire body was refurbished. Then, the team fitted special solar panels to the roof, featuring the same high-end technology as Sunreef’s brilliant Eco catamarans.
The electric vehicle is equipped with a state-of-the-art electric engine and a powerful battery bank to complement the demands and rough terrain of the savanna. According to Sunreef Yachts, the mechanical and electrical systems were particularly outfitted to respond to the needs of the eco-luxury lodges that are working closely with the MWCT, including Campi Ya Kanzi and Chyulu Wilderness Camp.
Initiatives, such as the electric safari car by Sunreef Yachts, are vital for the survival of the environment and wildlife habitats. The greenhouse gas emissions from petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles has always been harmful to ecosystems. The introduction of electric vehicles for safari and forest monitoring purposes can prove a crucial saviour.