Range Rover Range_e PHEV

The Range Rover Sport based Range_e plug-in diesel-hybrid has been in development for some time, but you might not know it. Compared to other vehicles on the Land Rover roster such as the Range Rover Evoque and the DC100 concept, you can safely say Land Rover hasn’t been heavily pushing the Range_e prototype in the media. Despite this, the Range_e has been getting more notice from the industry and industry watchers alike. Most recently, the Range_e was the recipient of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) 2011 Award for Automotive Innovation.

The award, sponsored by GNK Driveline — a manufacturer of automotive driveline components — was awarded to the Range_e for its plug-in diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. The technology is scheduled to go into production for 2013 as a derivative of the Range Rover Sport, as seen in the photos. Unfortunately, there is no indication that Land Rover will bring the PHEV Range_e to the U.S. market for the 2013 model year, and if it does it certainly will not be diesel-powered. We are speculating that the U.S. will not see hybrid powertrains until at least 2014 or 2015 and it is entirely possible the first hybrid model seen in the U.S. could be based on the DC100. However, we’re always watching for new information, and should Land Rover decided to bring a hybrid powertrain to us earlier than anticipated, we’ll be sure to let you know.

About the Range Rover Range_e

The PHEV Range_e will be the first Land Rover product to integrate the company’s off-road capability with advanced plug-in hybrid technology. Rounding out the package is the fact that the Range_e prototype is powered with diesel, rather than gasoline.  The system combines a 69kW electric motor with a 14.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a 245-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine. Range on electric power alone is a mere 20 miles, but beyond that, the diesel-electric combination allows the Range_e to achieve up to 85 miles per gallon and reduces CO2 output to 89g/km.

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