Land Rover is looking into borrowing some of the thinking behind Jaguar's Limo-Green hybrid concept. Just not yet.
Limo-Green is a one-off concept hybrid that Jaguar is currently tinkering with, but JLR has said it could become a production reality for Jaguar after the prohibitive cost of its electrical components and battery technology comes down.
It uses an electric powertrain, which can run on pure electric power for up to 30 miles. A 1.2-liter gas engine recharges the battery and extends its range to 600 miles once the batteries become empty.
It shows promise, for sure, but in a Land Rover?
“It is possible that future Land Rover models could get the technology as well,” said Anthony Harper, JLR’s head of research. “It is certainly something we are looking into and forms part of where we would like to go with the brands.”
“We are looking into more conventional hybrid technology at present,” he said. “With Land Rovers, you need to be able to get lots of power and torque to all four wheels and you can’t do that for long periods at the moment.”
Expensive components and low torque do not a promising future make, but you never know where one concept can point you down the road to another one.
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