• Sep 7th 2012 at 5:47PM
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The Jaguar XJ_e concept is a plug-in hybrid that will be trotted out at RAC Future Car Challenge in London this November. The Future Car Challenge is just the place to showcase a concept like this, since the event is all about the best of green vehicle technology and covers the gamut from hybrid and electric vehicles to fuel-cell cars. The XJ_e prototype is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine alongside a 69-kilowatt electric motor and a 12.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Future challenge accepted.

The Jaguar XJ_e joins the family of efficient vehicles the automaker is rolling out, like the European-market XF 2.2D diesel engine car. The XJ_e is similar to the Range_e plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport that was showcased earlier this year. The Range Rover Sport uses a 3.0-liter V6 along with battery power.

As for specifications, Jaguar says the XJ_e will go 25 miles on battery only and offers a combined fuel economy of 61.2 miles per gallon (on the European scale). It produces only 75 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions – 70 percent less than the gasoline-only V8 version. The diesel XF gets 43.5 mpg on the European combined cycle. Some of the XJ_e's numbers hint at Jaguar's past, though, with a top speed of 150 mph and a 0-60 time of only 6.5 seconds.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a good start.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Future" car? This XJ_e is laughable compared to Tesla Model S. What's futurist about this?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Try cruising at 100mph plus down the autobahn for a few hours, and then tell me which works best, the Tesla or this. You may not approve of the way people wish to use their cars, but that is pretty irrelevant. The fact is that this will have significant capabilities which the Tesla doesn't. BTW, I like the Tesla, but it is not a universal solution.
          • 3 Years Ago
          uh no... the universal solution which allows people to drive as far as they want and refuel quickly on an existing infrastructure (autobahn at 100mph just being one particular example that will make quick work of 85kWh of stored energy in the Model S). I'm a huge fan of the Model S as well, and I'm an EV engineer myself, but fanboys need to accept that pure EV is not going to satisfy everyone's needs for quite some time. There's plenty of room for powertrains like this and that of the Fisker Karma, and sales trends between the Volt and the Leaf confirm this.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Ah, the universal solution, which only works for SOME autobahn stretches in germany, where 100 mph is allowed. Travelling at that speed anywhere else is not a matter of approval, but a matter of LAW.
        Giza Plateau
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah. The traditional car makers want to pretend hybrid is new
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow this is awesome, a quality green Jag thats a real drivers car a real blast to drive so much better than a boring ole farts junk understeering Prius or Leaf FWD junk cheap n' nasty garbage. Good to see Jaguar fun to drive with a 150 MPH 0-60 6.5 seconds hybrid come trotting out of the Jaguar stable, the way to go.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this car at LCV2012 on Thursday. 87MPG is pitiful (that'd be about 57mpg US) for a plugin, and the boot (trunk) is an absolute joke! The iMiev has a bigger boot! Wish I could post the pictures I took, I just can't get across how rubbish it was.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought 3.2l/100km would be closer to 70mpg no 87mpg.
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