One automobile company which has mostly been absent from green car development is Land Rover. The luxury British auto brand is getting ready to change that, however, with an unveiling at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show of the Range_e, a diesel hybrid plug-in prototype SUV design.
The Land Rover Range_e, according to the auto manufacturer, is based upon a Range Rover Sport and features what the company says is a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Matched with a plug-in parallel diesel hybrid system, it offers what is called “a premium SUV that can run as a pure electric vehicle.”
The Range_e is the first capable 4WD model from Land Rover said to achieve 89g of CO2. It has an EV range of 20 miles, a top speed of around 120 mph and a range of 690 miles. It is one of several working prototypes currently being developed at Land Rover’s design and engineering centre in the UK.
No other details were forthcoming, but perhaps Land Rover will provide a little more information with the Geneva Motor Show is under way.