Land Rover recently increased its arsenal of eco-friendly offerings with the introduction of the 2014 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport hybrid models, but the automaker is aiming to get even greener. Next month, Jaguar Land Rover will spearhead the Evoque_e project, a sizable program aimed to create new advanced powertrains that will include a mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and a battery electric vehicle.
he project will use the Evoque platform, but one of the main goals is to ensure the components are modular, with the ability to install in multiple platforms. Among those components include the battery packs, electronics, axle drives, and torque vectoring system. The automaker also hopes to reduce the size and weight of the electric motor while improving its speed and durability.
Research and development is expected to last at least two years and will include teams from three U.K.-based universities and eight private companies. The U.K. government provided $25.4 million in funding while Jaguar Land Rover contributed $6.2 million.
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport hybrids both share the same powertrain that includes a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 and a 35-kW electric motor. Land Rover says the hybrids are rated at about 37.7 mpg and are just as off-road capable as the non-hybrid models. Both are set to launch in Europe early next year, but Land Rover says it won’t sell them in the U.S. because making the diesel engines emissions compliant would be too expensive.
Source: Land Rover