Jaguar Land Rover Electrifies Range Rover By 2020

Nov 17, 2016 05:19 AM EST | M. Ibanez

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Recently, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled its I-Pace SUV all-electric powered car during the LA auto show. Reported by Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover's Range Rover would be sportier and might be the model of JLR's upcoming electric drivetrain to the road.

The Range Rover is expected to offer a hybrid powertrain that would be based on a 340bhp 3.0 SDV6 HEV. Forty to fifty percent of the Range Rover will be electrified on 2020 stated by Jaguar Land Rover's  CEO, Dr. Ralph Speth, as reported by Auto Express

The production of I-Pace would be around twelve months time and would be available on 2018. But when the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which are plug-in Hybrids, would be available in the market the I-Pace would be beaten in the showrooms due to the popularity of the Range Rover.

This means that the Plug-in Tech works with existing platform that paves the way to have a full roll-out of plug-in Hybrids in the JLR's range in the future. With this development that the JLR's Special Vehicle Operation division is working on, they also confirmed that they are looking for a higher-performance version of I-Pace. 

Jaguar Land Rover's engineering head, Wolfgang Ziebart, does not agree with the sense of using Hydrogen to power vehicles. The well-to-wheel relationship is a disaster with the use of hydrogen. The well-to-wheel efficiency with the use of Hydrogen is 30 percent, while Electric Vehicle's efficiency is 70 percent.

The engineering head also promised that the I-Pace would be the first of the "Tesla Fighters" in the market, it would beat its rivals in Audi and Mercedes. Ziebart is expecting another innovation in battery tech in the next three to four years that would result to have a better range, greater performance and lesser charging time.

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