Range Rover, since the car’s launch in the 1970s, has consistently been associated with luxury, while also offering off road capability. The company has managed to maintain this position the market for over 40 years and this looks as if it is going to be set to continue, as the company just announced they are going to be releasing an electric version of the car within the next two years.
The Range Rover is not going to be a fully electric vehicle but it’s going to be a diesel electric hybrid. This hybrid vehicle is Range Rovers response to the fuel crisis and is expected to be the first step in a range of cars that are going to reduce the need for petrol. It is expected that after the release of this hybrid car, the company are going to focus on creating a car that has a much greater reliance on electricity, and requires plugging in.
Interestingly, the company have already created a developmental model of the vehicle and some car reviewers have already been able to drive it, despite its release date being two years away.
The electric vehicle is going to come with the same four-wheel-drive capacity as the car that does not work on an electric engine. There is going to be a computer system for managing the engine which will automatically decide whether to use diesel, or electric power to power it. The development car also has regenerative braking, which means that a battery, in the boot of the car, is charged whenever the car is slowing down.
In terms of looks, the car is almost identical to the Range Rover Sport, with the important difference being a location for plugging in the recharging cable. Inside, the dashboard has been customised to inform drivers about the state of charge of the battery.
The car has a three litre diesel engine which has been made in the UK and there is also a 69 kilowatt electric engine which runs the lithium ion battery. The car can currently be charged through a conventional socket and it takes about four hours to reach full power.
When the electric motor in the car is fully charged, it can take the Range Rover 20 miles without the assistance of the diesel engine. This means that it will be able to avoid the congestion charges in most cities, as it will be able to switch to electric for the entire time it is in the city. Better yet, by using the electric engine, the car will be significantly cheaper to run as one charge only costs about £1.
When both the engines are running together the car only produces 89 grams per kilometre of carbon dioxide. Despite these amazing figures, it is still capable of reaching a top speed of 120 mph. More impressive yet, is the fact that the car can travel nearly 700 miles without having to stop at a petrol station. Whatever way you look at the statistics, they are remarkable a car of this size and power.
It is clear that when this car was being designed that it has been made in the image of previous Range Rovers. For anyone who has owned, and loved, one of these vehicles before are sure to love the electric version even more. All of the features seen on the normal model are present and the general impression of the car is that it is just overwhelmingly good.
The comfort, handling, and ride, of this electric version, are identical to what you find in current versions of the car. This car is going to mean Range Rover are taking a huge step forward in the development of motor vehicles.