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Hybrid Car Review: Jaguar and Land Rover Move to Hybrids and Diesels

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Jaguar and Land Rover Move to Hybrids and Diesels

Jaguar and Land Rover are moving to sell hybrid models within the next five years. The new hybrid models will use their next generation engines, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel and a direct-injection 5.0-litre V8, to be launched late next year.

Land Rover is thinking about starting with a 3.0 litre V6 diesel Range Rover Discovery 3, Ranger Rover Sport, Jaguar XF and Jaguar XJ; possibly going on sale by 2010. They expect to boost fuel economy by 10 percent utilizing start-stop technology.

They are also experimenting with a mild hybrid using a super capacitor that uses regenerative braking and an eight speed ZF gearbox. Again, the thought is the new vehicle could go on sale by 2010.

And another possibility being floated; Land Rover is considering ZF's Dynastart electric motor to replace the torque convertor, currently being outfitted for the S-Class mercedes. This one could be a mild or a full hybrid, available by 2012 in the XJ. Land Rover is looking at a rear-mounted 'Electric Rear Axle Drive' electric motor

And to top it all off, Land Rover is thinking about developing an 'range extended hybrid electric vehicle (REHEV). In other words, a plug-in hybrid.

Source: Autocar - Hybrid blitz for Jaguar/Land Rover found via: electricpig

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