For Jaguar Land Rover, a dual-energy-source powertain requires a two-company investment. Word is, JLR is looking for a partner to develop a cleaner, better hybrid powertrain. The vehicle maker, long known for its SUVs and really heavy cars, is in discussions with other automakers about joining up on a hybrid collaboration, Automotive News says, citing Wolfgang Epple, the company's head of research and technology.

Of course, Epple didn't say who Jaguar Land Rover was talking to, but the executive does have prior experience developing electrified powertrains for General Motors, BMW and Chrysler, so read into that as you may. Jaguar Land Rover needs to get busy, since it is charged with reducing fleetwide emissions by about 20 percent just to meet the European Commission's 2015 emissions mandate in the near term, and the broader mandate only gets stricter towards the end of the decade.

Jaguar Land Rover is slated to debut its first production hybrid next year with the Range Rover Hybrid. That model, unveiled last month at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, pairs a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine with a 47-horsepower electric motor, providing 355 horsepower and an official fuel economy rating of about 37 miles per gallon. Having recently road-tested the model on a grueling 10,000-mile Silk Road voyage from London to Mumbai, the company says that hybrid cuts emissions by 26 percent, compared to the conventional Range Rover. Too bad it won't be available in the US.

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      Actionable Mango
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      I see this color more and more often. I hate it. What is it, faded baby blue?
      • 1 Day Ago
      You would think Ford. Ford cleaned up their reliability and made both Land Rover and Jaguar into economically viable companies again. Land Rover is running the Ford turbocharged 4 cylinder in the LR2 and Evoque that is used in the Fusion, Escape and Focus GT. And Ford speaks hybrid as well as anyone else. Hmm. Maybe Ford does not want to get involved with them again.
        Jesse Gurr
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        Ford is also developing a truck/SUV hybrid system they could theoretically license it to JLR to make more money and help pay for the system development costs. JLR does use the 2.0L turbocharged engine based on the Ford engine but I think that they use some of their own parts on it and not a straight port from Ford to JLR. They only use it on their base models anyway.