A plug-in Range Rover Sport? Can this be true?
It’s the same type of parallel hybrid system used in the popular Toyota Prius, which is surprising in that Land Rover was reportedly working on a higher-tech electric rear axle drive system and/or a kinetic-energy flywheel system.
Now they’re creating a fleet of five Range Rover Sport models for testing with the tried-and-true lithium-ion battery pack and a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine mated to a 25kW electric motor. This will give it only a 20-mile electric-only range but, more importantly, will kick its carbon emissions down to just 100 g/km.
That’s a huge step in the right direction for the company, which is trying hard to navigate a hard turn toward the greener side of the lane and, if they’re successful, the hybrids should be on showroom floors as early as 2012.
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