• Mar 2, 2011
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Land Rover
has debuted its Range_e, a plug-in diesel hybrid, at the Geneva Motor Show. According to Land Rover, the Range_e can go up to 20 miles in full-electric mode, and return 85 mpg and 88 grams of C02 per kilometer. Not too shabby for an SUV.

Beyond the impressive electric capabilities, the Range_e is being touted as the world's first 4WD plug-in hybrid diesel. As you can plainly see, the Range_e is based on the Range Rover Sport and is powered by Range Rover's 3.0-liter 240-horsepower TDV6 and a 69 kW electric motor. The Range_e can be recharged from a standard household power supply in less than four hours, so plan ahead if the battery's dead and you have errands to run, otherwise you'll be stuck with the diesel mill.

Land Rover isn't saying whether it considers the Range_e to be a concept or a production-intent model, but it is saying that the electrified SUV is part of its $1.3 billion 2008 plan to reduce carbon emissions by a quarter by 2012. Check out the official press release after the jump.




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[Source: Land Rover]
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LAND ROVER REVEALS ITS FIRST FULLY CAPABLE 4WD PLUG-IN DIESEL HYBRID

* Range_e: Land Rover advanced plug-in hybrid diesel technology debuts at Geneva Motor Show
* Low emissions and exceptional fuel efficiency: Range_e capable of delivering 89g/km CO2 emissions and a fuel economy of 85mpg (3.36 l/100km)
* Electric range: over 20 miles (32km) range in all-electric EV mode
* Hybrid programme: Land Rover announces intention to launch first diesel-electric hybrid in 2013
* Land Rover 4WD capability: First fully capable 4WD plug-in hybrid diesel

Geneva, 1 March 2011 – Land Rover's on-going commitment to building vehicles that are more fuel and emissions-efficient reaches another milestone at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with the first presentation of the Range_e. This development model is equipped with an advanced plug-in hybrid diesel-electric powertrain that Land Rover expects to make available in future production models, following the scheduled launch of its diesel-electric hybrid in 2013.

Range_e is based on the Range Rover Sport and uses the current 245PS 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine, working with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and a 69kW electric motor. Using a parallel hybrid system, with a 14.2kW/h lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from an external 240V power source, Range_e can be driven on electric power alone for more than 20 miles (32km), with zero harmful tailpipe emissions.

A full recharge from a standard domestic power supply can be accomplished in around four hours. Typically the majority of European car drivers cover less than 25 miles (40km) a day and therefore the EV range offered by this technology will support the majority of short urban journeys, where fuel economy and emissions are of prime concern. However, for longer journeys the diesel hybrid drivetrain will engage and continually optimise CO2 emissions.

Overall CO2 emissions are just 89g/km, yet Range_e has a maximum system output of 339PS and a top speed of around 120mph (193kph), delivering a fuel economy of 85mpg (3.36 l/100km). Improved fuel efficiency from the hybrid system makes 690 miles (1,112km) possible on a full tank of fuel.

Range_e is also engineered with the same full 4WD capability as the standard Range Rover Sport, with high and low range in the transmission, front and rear differentials and a mechanical locking centre differential. Dependant on the driver demand, the car's intelligent system decides the most efficient method to deliver the power required, whether this is by electric, diesel or both. The Range_e also features regenerative braking to capture energy usually wasted in heat energy via the brakes. This energy can then be redeployed to drive the vehicle, further reducing fossil fuel consumption.

John Edwards, Land Rover global brand director, said: "This system is the first example of a premium plug-in hybrid that also provides the full four-wheel-drive capability that you would expect from a Land Rover. It is an evolution of the production intent diesel-electric hybrid technology which will be launched in our next generation of SUVs and will be available for customers within the next two years."

Land Rover in Partnership with CABLED

The Range_e is one of a number of Land Rover projects supported by the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board and five prototype models are currently engaged in a test programme with Land Rover's fellow members of the CABLED – Coventry and Birmingham Low Emissions Demonstrators – consortium. Land Rover anticipates its plug-in hybrid system will be brought to market in the near future, following on from the debut of its first standard diesel-electric hybrid models from 2013.

Pete Richings, chief engineer hybrids, said: "We started the Range_e fleet trial in December 2010 and we have so far covered 12,000 miles on the trial between the five test vehicles. We are gathering invaluable real world data that will enable us to refine the technology ahead of introducing a production vehicle."

Land Rover continues to recognise the need to work on all aspects of our CO2 footprint such as reducing weight, reducing mechanical losses and increasing powertrain efficiency and our hybrid technology represents one part of the research and development journey.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to spending £800 million on environmental technologies and has targeted a 25 per cent reduction in its fleet average CO2 emissions between 2008 and 2012.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good but where are you gunna charge it when your offroad
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet this will be crazy expensive!
      • 3 Years Ago
      "85 mpg and 88 grams of C02"
      More creative mileage calculation bullisht
        • 3 Years Ago
        88g/CO2 is absolutely incredible for a vehicle with an engine of this size. That entitles it to free annual registration/road fund licence.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bloke:
        Agreed.

        This would be a truly fantastic vehicle if the vehicle ran only on gas/Diesel (like a regular hybrid) and emitted that much CO2. But this is a plug-in, and clearly is not counting the energy consumed as electricity in those figures.

        The figures need better qualifications to explain to us what the CS and CD mode emissions are, so drivers can get a better understanding of how it compares to other vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea what's that thing weigh 1000 pounds. Maybe that's on some Tata motors Indian rickshaw cycle test, the IRC low speed analysis. The US conversion factor is .25, (downhill)
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wouldn't call that creative mileage bullsh**. I had the opportunity to ride along in the 2011 Range Rover Vogue pre-production vehicle here in the US while Land Rover was doing cold weather and altitude testing. With the new 4.4 liter V8 turbo diesel, we were showing instant mileage of 48-51 imperial miles per gallon on Interstate 394 in Minneapolis at 65 miles per hour. With a smaller truck such as the Range Rover Sport and with the 3.0 liter V6 diesel plug-in hybrid, that is not a stretch by any imagination. If you were talking US miles per gallon instead of imperial miles per gallon, I could see your point.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a former owner of a Land Rover, I'd be happy if their hybrid got 25mpg. That thing LOVED gasoline (and the repair shop too).
      • 3 Years Ago
      The miles per gallon is IMP gallons.
      • 3 Years Ago
      SET GM EV SUV PHASERS TO STAGE 2!!!!