Finding Home in Montana

Photographer, Alex Strohl, has adventure in his blood. His father, a Frenchman, was a forest engineer who worked throughout Southern Europe and North Africa. However, when Alex’s father decided to move somewhere more wild in the 1960’s he landed on Missoula, Montana.

So when Alex and his partner, Andrea Dabene, decided to make some roots and establish ‘home’, Montana was an easy decision. Alex loved its snow-capped peaks and untouched wilderness. Andrea loved Montana’s long, peaceful winters and beauty.

“Home is underrated,” Andrea said. “When you come back from your travels to reflect on where you’ve been, that’s when you really find yourself.”

“At home you’re lazy, then you’re hard on yourself,” Alex added. “You find a routine, and then you break it. It’s very revealing of who you are.”

Alex and Andrea are Land Rover enthusiasts and their Land Rover Discovery Sport is the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle and needs. At one point, they drove in a snowstorm 4 hours overnight to get to a backcountry ski resort. The Discovery Sport performed perfectly and they safely arrived at their destination, no worries.

The Montana nights are perfect for Alex. He enjoys using the night sky in his photography. “I feel very vulnerable, like a real outsider when I’m alone at night,” Alex said. “I look for clear moonless nights so we can photograph the Milky Way, or I like to find a body of water in the foreground so the stars reflect on the surface.”

Once the winter is over, Alex and Andrea will be heading to France to climb the Pyrenees, bike the Alps, and surf in the Basque Country. In Europe, they have a Land Rover Defender 110 to get around. Their Discovery Sport will wait for them until summer when they return home to Montana, ready to explore their ‘home’ once again. 

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Land Rover Commits to Renewable Energy

Jaguar Land Rover has been and remains committed to a cleaner future by focusing on renewable energy.

Recently, Jaguar Land Rover has come into an agreement with EDF Energy to only purchase electricity from renewable sources. This agreement goes until 2020.

The electricity supply is backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin, which means a portion of EDF Energy’s renewable energy is ear-marked specifically for Jaguar Land Rover. Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin certifies that the portion of the electricity supply comes from renewable generation. 100% for Jaguar Land Rover.

“Our future is low-carbon, clean, and efficient,” Ian Harnett, Executive Director of Human Resources and Global Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover, said. “Our program to recuse our burden on the National Grid doesn’t end here: we seek continual improvements, both in how we can reduce energy consumption further and how to minis our carbon emissions. Our aim is to give our customers as assurance that the company’s electricity will come from renewable sources: those being in addition to the solar array at our Engine Manufacturing Center in Wolverhampton, one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe.”

Jaguar Land Rover continues to research and develop more sustainable powertrains by investing more than $3 billon. They are working to develop electric, hybrid, and conventional powertrains that will leave less of a carbon footprint.

“EDF Energy is pleased to announce that we will continue to supply Jaguar Land Rover with 100% renewable electricity for the next three years,” Beatrice Bigois, Managing Director of Customers, EDF Energy. “Jaguar Land Rover is a valued partner of EDF Energy – we share a strong focus on sustainability and are very proud to support Britain’s biggest car maker in achieving their low-carbon ambitions.”

Jaguar Land Rover continues to lead the way to a cleaner future by committed to cleaner electricity, more full efficient vehicles, and fully electric vehicles.

Project Hero

For 64 years, the Red Cross and Land Rover have partnered together on many projects across 4 continents in 24 countries. In 2017, Land Rover wanted to do something more to assist the Red Cross, so they launched Project Hero.

Project Hero is a unique version of the all-new Land Rover Discovery.

“This supremely capable vehicle is enhanced by the team of designers and engineers at Special Vehicle Operations through the integration of advanced drone technology,” John Edwards, Managing Director Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said.

David Wran-Schume is a part of the Operations and Disaster Management for the Austrian Red Cross. He has been with the Red Cross for 11 years. He and his team were able to test the special version of the Land Rover Discovery.

“We’re up here to test the new Discovery with the drone and to identify how it would fit into the team and what role it can play,” Wran-Schume said. “A few years ago, I couldn’t imagine having access to this technology and being a part of this project.”

“There is a lot of technology packed into the new Discovery, it makes it a lot easier to clear communication channels so that everybody is linked up and ready to go. We get the chance to identify signs of missing people around hazards that can harm our personnel involved.”

The drone built into the new Discovery even comes equipped with infrared technology. Wran-Schume continues, “Infrared camera technology is really useful because you can identify heat sources.”

“For me all these ingredients, the technology, the new discovery, and our own expertise coming together would make a big difference and may ultimately save lives. This could mark the start of a new era in search and rescue.”

Land Rover believes that saving lives is “a duty, a privilege, one of the greatest things one human-being can do for another.” By partnering with the Red Cross to bring them this unique version of the new Discovery, Land Rover is hoping that many more lives are saved.

New Velar Sets Trends

Land Rover debuted their newest vehicle, the Range Rover Velar, at the Design Museum in London last week. The Velar fills the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.

“The Velar creates a different space for Range Rover,” Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, says. “Designing a car is a collaborative process. It’s about great designers and great engineers coming as one to achieve a common aim, and that is to create something truly special.”

Creative Director for Interiors, Massimo Frascella, continues describing the design, “The form, the volumes, the lines, the details, everything just works so beautifully together. Reducing the visual noise, reducing the complexity, and just bring the purity, those few lines that are so critical that really gives that sophisticated feel. Every single part is visually connected, has a reason to be there, has a logic.”

The Range Rover Velar exemplifies modernity and innovation with its design. The interior is designed to be a sanctuary. The Range Rover Velar boasts flush deployable door handle and burnished copper detailing. It also features a new fabric design on the seats. This gives a glimpse at design trends for future Range Rovers.

“This meeting of the digital and the physical, the tradition, the progressive,” Amy Franscella, Chief Designer, Color & Materials, says, “It’s this sleek piece of architecture that allows the technology to come to you when you need to call upon it. We’ve created a new material signature of the cut diamond. It will become a signifier for Range Rovers in the future.”

“One of the things that the Velar does beautifully is it integrates the technology, and it doesn’t let the technology dictate,” McGovern continues. “ Its compelling design, its tailored technology, and its relevant innovation, they combine to create a vehicle that will truly resonate on an emotional level. The new Range Rover Velar changes everything.”

Winter with the Top Down

Photographers Niki Csanyi, Grace Ban, and Neil Britto were in for quite a treat when they decided to go road tripping through Colorado. They opted for Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque Convertible for their trip.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible was primarily built for city life, however, this trip goes to show how truly versatile it really is. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible thrived in the rural Colorado winter. The Active Driveline feature tracks the driving conditions and switches from 2 Wheel Drive to 4 Wheel Drive automatically.

The first stop for the photographers was the ghost town of Dunton. Located just across the mountain from Telluride, Dunton is known for its natural hot springs. The photographers were able to relax in the hot springs for a while and were even powdered with a little snow.

“When we arrived in Dunton I was really happy because all of us were very surprised how remote and how beautiful it is. This remoteness just makes you appreciate nature,” Niki Csanyi said.

The next day, the group headed towards the town of Ouray. Ouray is home to frozen ice climbing walls that the photographers were keen to try. Along the way they were able to stop and take plenty of photographs of Colorado’s beautiful landscape.

“As a photographer I’m always looking for this vantage point that’s not the most popular one. I like to go off-road. I like to travel and explore as much as I can,” Neil Britto said.

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible kept them going with its All-Terrain Progress Control. This feature makes sure the vehicle goes a steady speed so it can fully conquer any road.

A convertible and cold weather usually do not go together, however, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is equipped with everything and more to make sure its occupants are happy and comfortable in every environment.