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NEW RANGE ROVER PHEV B R
NEW RANGE ROVER PHEV B R I G H T S P A R K Introducing the innovative new Range Rover Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, delivering the potential for whisperquiet zero tailpipe emissions without compromising class-leading capability or iconic design WORDS G U Y B I R D ‘Less haste more speed’ is a saying that resonates well with Land Rover’s engineers. It’s certainly been their approach to Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs: Closely watch how the market and technology develops, and then learn from those early forays before launching their own best of breed offering when the time, and technology, is right. And that time is now. The 2018 model year Range Rover and Range Rover Sport offer PHEV versions for the first time, offering uncompromised performance both on- and off-road, while promising incredible economy, CO 2 and tax benefits (plus free access to most low-emission zones around the world). The heart of the new system is a 300PS 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol engine especially designed by Jaguar Land Rover, which is supported by a 85kW electric motor. When combined, these two power sources create 404PS, enabling a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) sprint in less than 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 137mph (220km/h). Add to this ability an official CO 2 emissions figure of just 64g/km and up to 31 miles (51km) of electric-only, zero tailpipe emissions range, 28
In electric mode, the PHEV versions of the new Range Rover offer zeroemissions up to a range of 51km and the stage is set fair for the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport to deliver power with a conscience. The innovative new petrol-electric powertrain also enhances Land Rover’s legendary all-terrain skills in ways rivals just can’t match. That’s because the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs offer their electric power in both high and now low-range gears – the first SUV EVs to do so. Also, the PHEV’s electric motor controls the delivery of its torque better than an internal combustion engine to provide superior ‘pull-away’ ability on surfaces where grip is poor. Meanwhile, class-leading ground clearance makes rough terrain easier to negotiate and the smooth underfloor ensures the EV system is well-protected. The Range Rover’s class-leading 900mm wading depth is unaffected (850mm for the Range Rover Sport). Electric vehicle refinement is another area where Range Rover’s engineers have worked especially hard. “A lot of electric vehicles are not silent while under load,” explains Vehicle Line Director Nick Collins, “but our Range Rover PHEV really is whisper-quiet in EV mode, which brings a new level of serenity to the cabin, particularly around town. The ability to drive up to 51km in EV mode is fantastic, the transition to combined power seamless and the performance boost at the top end addictive.” Charging the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs can be done in a variety of ways. Plugging into a standard domestic electricity supply, for example in the United Kingdom, can take as little as 7.5 hours to fully re-charge, which is perfect for an overnight stay, while a more rapid charge can be achieved in as little as 2.75 hours from a dedicated wall box, a 32 amp industrial-type socket, or by connecting up to one of the expanding number of public charging stations. The charging port is seamlessly integrated into the front grille to provide an easy connection while still keeping the cleanliness of Range Rover’s iconic design. When extreme weather is a factor, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs are designed to cope admirably. Both have a supplementary electric heater and air compressor powered by the high voltage battery that enables either vehicle pre-cooling or pre-warming, in temperatures as low as -40º C or as high as +60º C, without needing to start the engine. Controlling these PHEVs’ power and conserving their energy couldn’t be easier from a driver perspective. In normal driving the car will automatically decide which blend of petrol and electric power is required, using a belt-driven starter motor and dual-clutch gearbox for refined smoothness. It can even utilise satnav data from pre-programmed routes to optimise energy use. In addition to Predictive Energy Optimisation, the driver can manually select a SAVE function to maintain the battery charge at the level it is when the button is pressed. This is useful when the driver wants to reserve battery charge for EV motoring later in the journey. The normal operating mode for the vehicle is as a parallel hybrid, with the vehicle automatically selecting the most efficient blend of energy from the electric motor and combustion engine. Alternatively the driver can manually select EV mode, which allows the vehicle to be driven under electric-only power using energy stored in the battery. This is perfect for near-silent progress, and will be overridden if the driver uses significant accelerator pedal travel, which will cause the combustion engine to start enabling full combined power. It will also over-ride if the battery charge drops to an insufficient level to maintain progress. All in all then, Land Rover’s new PHEVs look set to enable their drivers to go further, with confidence and conscience intact. There’s never been a better time to check out plugging in. OFFICIAL EU FUEL CONSUMPTION FIGURES FOR THE RANGE ROVER PHEV AND RANGE ROVER SPORT PHEV in l/100km: Combined 2.8; CO 2 emissions g/km: 64. For comparison purposes only. Real world figures may differ. For full figures see landrover.com/phev TAKE CHARGE To find out more on the innovative new PHEV options and how easy it is to make the switch, visit landrover.com/phev 29
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In this issue, New Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.