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Jaguar Land Rover previews future EV & hybrid technologies

The three ‘Concept_e’ research demonstrators are based on a new high performance, modular electric drive module (eDM) developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover, said to be capable of producing twice the power and torque of any electric motor-generator in production today. These can be inserted between any engine and transmission to create mild hybrids or PHEVs, or used alone for a battery electric vehicle.

The three technologies include the Concept_e MHEV mild hybrid based on a Range Rover Evoque with an 89bhp diesel and a 48V electrical system.

The second car is the Concept_e PHEV Plug-In Hybrid, which employs a similar architecture to the MHEV but with a 296bhp petrol engine and eight-speed transmission longitudinally mounted within a Range Rover Sport. A 320V lithium ion battery is located in the boot. The concept uses the Range Rover Sport’s conventional automatic gearbox and full-time four-wheel drive system.

Finally, Concept_e BEV is based on Jaguar Land Rover’s aluminium vehicle architecture and uses 70kWh HV lithium ion traction battery with an 85kW electric motor on the front axle and a 145kW electric motor at the rear.

The Concept_e technologies are the product of a two-year £16.3m research project that’s part-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK and involves 12 UK technology partners.

In addition, JLR used LCV2015 to showcase its new research into more efficient heating and ventilation systems and new solutions to reduce vehicle weight to improve emissions and fuel economy.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our future vision is to continue to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency while still delivering the luxury, performance, refinement and comfort our customers expect. Whether it’s optimising the internal combustion engine, advanced hybrid and battery-electric propulsion systems, the introduction of new, lightweight materials or the improvement of energy conservation through more efficient heating and ventilation technologies, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles emit significantly less emissions in the future.” 

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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