Calling it an engineering research vehicle, Jaguar debuted the XJ_e plug-in hyrbid vehicle today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Built in partnership with battery company Axeon, the development of the car was in-part funded by the U.K. government’s technology strategy board. The car is a result of the REEVolution initiative, which is a grouping of companies funded by the U.K. government, who together are developing new types of electrified vehicles.
Performance wise, the XJ_e will be able to sprint to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds, and hit a top speed of 150 mph. The all-electric range is 25 miles, and achieves CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km. Using a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine, sourced from the Range Rover Evoque, the car will get 87 mpg and travel 679 miles on one tank of fuel.
The XJ_e uses a parallel hybrid setup which means the car can be powered solely by the gas engine, electric motor, or both of them together, helping to boost fuel economy.
Announced yesterday, the regular XJ is dropping it’s previous eight-cylinder engine for a supercharged six-cylinder, in an effort for improved fuel efficiency. JLR seems to be moving to more fuel-efficient options across it’s whole lineup.
“The XJ_e investigates how a 5.0-litre V8 engine could be replaced by an advanced 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain to deliver similar performance and refinement, but with CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km,” said Bob Joyce, engineering director at JLR. “While the XJ_e is an experimental project, it highlights that JLR customers can expect some exciting low-carbon products in the future.”