Land Rover Shows Modular Electrified Platform Concepts
Platforms Accommodate Mild Hybrids Up To Full BEVs
Electrified vehicles in all their respective iterations have gone from fringe novelties to solidly mainstream, at least in terms of future vehicle development. Plus, the notion of EVs as being just oddly shaped compacts has been shattered by the Tesla Model S and Model X, as well as high-end models in development from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The trend of electrification looks to take its biggest step yet into the SUV realm with the latest concepts unveiled by Land Rover.
The company’s electric Drive Module platform can accommodate mild or full hybrid drivetrains, as well as full battery-electric drivetrains. A Range Rover Evoque was used to showcase the compact, transverse application, and a Range Rover Sport was used to showcase the longitudinal powertrain. Similar to the approach Hyundai/Kia takes with its hybrids, an electric motor resides where the torque converter would usually be in an automatic.
For the Evoque concept, the system is powered by a relatively low-power 88hp diesel engine paired with a 20hp crank-integrated electrical motor, backed by a 48V electrical system and 48V lithium-ion battery pack. The plug-in hybrid concept, showcased on the Range Rover Sport, utilizes a 300hp gasoline engine mated to a 200hp electric motor. This system draws its power from a beefy 320-watt lithium-ion battery pack. This system retains the full all-wheel-drive system.
Finally, the full BEV powertrain pairs a front 114hp electric motor with a 194hp rear unit with a two-speed transmission, powered by a 70 kWh lithium-ion traction battery. Jaguar Land Rover says the technologies are part of its zero-emissions vision “beyond 2020.”
Source: Land Rover