The Defender 130 “Queen’s Platinum Jubilee” enters service for the Red Cross

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Specially converted Land Rover Defender 130 donated to the British Red Cross in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is ready to enter active service in North Wales to help the charity reach out to communities in need when needed hard-to-reach areas, such as the Snowdonia mountain range, the Lleyn Peninsula and the Isle of Anglesey.

In collaboration with the British Red Cross, of which Queen Elizabeth II was Patron for 70 years, the Defender 130 has been adapted according to Jaguar Land Rover’s “Modern Luxury” principles, including the most advanced communication features. The vehicle is in fact equipped with a 4G antenna to guarantee a stable and powerful connection in any position, an integrated telephone, a VHF radio for communications and an updated telematics system with GPS tracking. Key features, as Wales has one of the lowest places in the UK for 4G data coverage in rural areas: with its equipment, the Defender will ensure an essential connection along the coast, in the mountains and in the most remote locations of the area.

The new British Red Cross service car is also fitted with a roof-mounted solar-powered system which will recharge a booster battery to power accessories when the engine is not running, allowing the vehicle to remain operational for longer periods, and the third row of seats was removed to increase cargo space. A drawer system will allow crews to carry vital equipment such as blankets, food and first aid supplies, ensuring the vehicle is well equipped to respond to a range of emergencies, from storms and floods to fires and freezing conditions.

Other changes include antibacterial seat covers and rechargeable torches with charging points, which offer added convenience, while an integrated kettle will allow the British Red Cross to provide hot drinks during crisis situations.

Just to show all the characteristics, the Defender 130 was exhibited at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, an event which was regularly attended by Queen Elizabeth II and which preceded her official entry into service.”We have been collaborating with the British Red Cross for almost 70 years , constantly looking for ways to grow and support their work through our vehicles and technologies – said Laura Wood, head of brand partnerships, experiences and collections, Jaguar Land Rover – We continue to reach the people who live in isolated and rural communities across the country. This new Defender 130 is particularly important and will support those who need it most in North Wales. It is also a moving way to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s patronage and dedication to the work of the Cross. British Red”.

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