• Sep 11th 2009 at 1:58PM
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For the past year, Jaguar, Lotus, Caparo Vehicle technologies and the MIRA proving ground have been working on a UK government-funded project dubbed Limo-Green. The goal of the project was to develop and build a series hybrid luxury sedan. Earlier this week, Jaguar showed off the car for the first time. Most of the powertrain development work was done using a last generation XJ, but recently all the hardware was moved into the just launched 2010 Jaguar XJ.

Like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma, the Limo-Green uses an electric motor for propulsion, in this case a 145 kW, 295 lb-ft unit. A lithium battery pack moves the car for 30 miles on a charge and then the Lotus-developed 1.2-liter range extender takes over for the remainder of the 600-mile range. We've contacted Jaguar for more information, but we're still waiting to hear back. In the meantime, AutoCar is reporting that the big Jag gets 47 mpg (US) on the EU combined cycle with CO2 emissions under 120 g/km.

[Source: AutoCar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, the range extender is a CAD 3D model?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish NYC limousine rental had something similar to this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The three-cylinder 1.2 litre Range Extender engine is optimised between two power generation points, giving 15 kW of electrical power at 1,500 rpm and 35 kW at 3,500 rpm via the integrated electrical generator"

      Like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma, the Limo-Green uses an electric motor for propulsion, in this case a 145 kW, 295 lb-ft unit

      "35kW generator powering 145kw motor : - Really wondering on the extended range performance" . Still i believe in British engineering and the perfection they make.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sizing a range extender for charge sustain driving is tricky business. It does sound a little low, but not by too much. You really don't consume anywhere near your peak power on a continuous basis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, it shows exactly what purpose built drive trains can achieve, vs say the range of the prius plugin. I'm looking forward to this thing!

        "the new Jaguar XJ in late 2011 or possibly even 2012" - not sure why AB chose to omit that.

        Also 10MPG better (combined) than Audi's most frugal A8? Looks like Audi may want to put their car on a diet :) - I'm guessing the XJ's lithe weight is a big reason why it's doing so well with the added dead weight of batteries.