LONDON -- Ineos Automotive is looking at building a full-electric variant of its new Grenadier off-roader, company executives said.
Up until now, the UK automaker has favored fuel cell technology as its preferred route to achieving zero-emissions.
The company, a division of petrochemicals giant Ineos, will start production of gasoline and diesel versions of its Grenadier SUV in July. The vehicles will be built at a plant in Hambach, France, that Ineos bought from Daimler in 2020.
The car was conceived after Ineos CEO Jim Ratcliffe was rebuffed in his attempt to buy the tooling of the original Land Rover Defender from Jaguar Land Rover following the end of production of the old-generation Defender in 2016.
The Grenadier was engineered by Magna Steyr in Austria and will use engines supplied by BMW.
Inoes will trial a full-electric prototype by the end of the year, commercial director Mark Tennant told Automotive News Europe during a recent visit to the plant.
"Right now, that will probably add a ton of weight, but the battery tech is changing. We do not know where the market is going," Tennant said.
Ineos will also start testing a hydrogen fuel cell version of the SUV by the end of the year.