• Dec 9th 2009 at 2:56PM
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We've known for some time now that Land Rover was planning on getting into the hybrid game, but it appears that things are shaking out a bit differently than we had initially expected. It seems the automaker may not use a kinetic-energy flywheel system or the high-tech Electric Rear Axle Drive that has been in the works for the last few years.

Instead, Autocar is now reporting that Land Rover is well into development of its own parallel hybrid system similar in function to Toyota's well-known Prius-propelling Hybrid Synergy Drive. A conventional battery pack (which we assume means lithium ion) will hold the charge and the big SUV is said to include a plug to charge up while parked.

Underhood will reportedly be a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine mated up to a 25kW electric motor. According to the British magazine, the technology will debut on the Range Rover Sport and will allow the vehicle to score carbon emissions of just 100 g/km with an electric-only range of up to 20 miles.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Land Rover's biggest problem is the technology are they going to have major technical problems with this hybrid technology let alone being able to sync up bluetooth with one's car. Land Rover needs to get the basics down, and truly invext into this program. WHat happened to the diesel-hybrid technology with the LRX. How would Land ROver market a diesel hybrid to the american market, and can the market bear a $90,000 diesel hybrid from Range Rover?At least the MB Blue Hybrid and BMW ActiveHybrid have been in the works with GM and Chrysler whose proven SUV knowledge has been seen in the Chevy Tahoe/Dodge Durango who retain capability plus great mileage. Also look at the Mercedes BEnz S Class who carefully enter the hybrid market and is said to acheive around 26 mpg I believe
      • 8 Months Ago
      That actually sounds like a very robust hybrid system, It will be better that the two mode hybrid system used by GM,MB and BMW (and chrysler)
        • 8 Months Ago
        it doesn't sound very robust at all? 25kW electric motor?? That's lame, this is a mild hybrid by far. What's with all the diggs all of a sudden? This isn't that big a headline, and its just repeating news coming from another source...
        • 8 Months Ago
        Yeah 25kw motor is only a 33 HP motor. The "electric only" range maybe 20 miles... but you cannot accelerate to any significant speed with that.

        It might be useful if the IC engine shuts off at highway speeds and cruises the 20 miles.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This car is such a big turd.

      There's no reason to have a car like this other than to drive around in a thugmobile.
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