Land Rover, which teased out details of its Range_e diesel hybrid plug-in prototype SUV design ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, has now revealed more details about this vehicle. The British automaker said it plans to go into production on its first hybrid in 2013.
The Land Rover Range_e, according to the auto brand, 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.”
It is said the Range_e, over a standard domestic outlet, can be fully recharged in about four hours. It has a top speed of around 120mph, delivering a fuel economy of 85mpg (European). Improved fuel efficiency from the hybrid system makes 690 miles possible on a full tank of fuel, according to Land Rover.
Other features of note include the same full 4WD capability as the standard Range Rover Sport, an intelligent system which decides the most efficient method to deliver the power required and regenerative braking to capture energy usually wasted in heat energy via the brakes, which can then be redeployed to drive the vehicle.