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Land Rover Range_e 4WD Diesel-Electric Plug-in Hybrid Unveiled
In brief: The prototype Land Rover Range_e diesel-electric hybrid was presented at the Geneva Motor Show and shows the future plans of Land Rover.
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Make/Model: Range_e prototype
Manufacturer: Land Rover
The plug-in diesel electric hybrid powertrain is what Land Rover expects to be the future of the company's production drive train, expecting the first launch to be in 2013.
The Range_e is a Range Rover Sport converted to include a plug-in electric drive alongside the 245 PS 3.0L TDV6 diesel engine. The 242hp engine is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission and 69kW motor to get the equivalent of 71mpg US. A full tank of fuel extends the range of the plug-in to 690 miles total.
The Range_e retains the 4WD capability of the Sport model it is made from. Driver's demand and driving conditions decide whether the Rover is powered by the electric motor, diesel engine, or both in parallel.
The Range_e includes regenerative braking, front and rear differentials with mechanical locking centre, etc.
And so ...
Trials on the Range_e began in December and have covered over 12,000 miles so far on five test vehicles.
Photo credits: Jaguar Land Rover
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