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Earlier this year, Land Rover introduced three hybrid-electric concept vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show, and now Land Rover is looking to put them to the test.
The RAC Future Car Challenge is an annual event that showcases technology that we might see in production cars in years to come. Think of it as a motor show that doesn’t stand still.
Land Rover is keen to show that its plug-in diesel-hybrid concepts actually work, and has entered them in this years challenge.
The Range_e is based on a Range Rover Sport TDV6. While the concept retains the production vehicles 245-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 engine, it also gains a 69KW electric motor, which runs on a 14.2KW/h lithium-ion battery pack. This vehicle can be charged using a 240V household plug, and can propel this heavy 4×4 vehicle upto 20-miles on battery power alone.
The challenge will be held on November 5th, in London and will cover a 60-mile route. The target of this challenge is to see who can use the least amount of energy to cover the route in the 2 hour, 45 minute minimum to 3 hour 30 minute maximum time.
Volvo will bring diesel engines as well as diesel-hybrids to North America in the future says the company’s North American CEO. Doug Speck made the comments to Automotive News, as the automaker is faced with the same lofty corporate fuel economy standards as the rest of the industry, which will see automakers average 35.5 mpg by 2016.
Volvo has already announced a plug-in hybrid vehicle will arrive in Europe in 2012 (shown in prototype form above) and while this car is expected to make its way to North America shortly thereafter, no time frame has been given.
We’re more likely to see diesel-powered models (which are big sellers for Volvo in Europe) much sooner as the technology is already here – and has been for some time. It continues to improve, however, and at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, Volvo had on display its C30 1.6D DRIVe model, which gets an incredible 74.3 mpg.
[Source: Automotive News via LeftLaneNews]