New plug-in hybrid tech for Evoque and Discovery Sport
Jaguar Land Rover are continuing their investments for a greener fleet with the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid powertrain called P300e for the latest generation Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The new 200PS 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is at the heart of the new plug-in hybrid assembly. The lightweight aluminium engine is 37kg lighter than the four-cylinder version and gets a belt integrated starter-generator for a smooth switching on/off operation. Combined with 15kWh worth of electric power stored underneath the back seats, the Evoque and Discovery Sport achieve a NEDC 2.0 CO2 emission rating of 32g/km and 36g/km, respectively.
Interestingly, the 109 PS electric motor is not integrated in the automatic transmission, which in this case is an Aisin-sourced 8 speed, but sits on the rear axle. That makes this a "non-mechanical" 4x4 as both axles are driven separately. Only in hybrid mode are the Evoque and Discovery Sport P300e driven on all four wheels.
Operation and charging
With the new plug-in hybrid powertrain system customers can chose between three driving modes adapted for their journey. The electric-only mode ensures zero-tailpipe emissions when driving on shorter journeys, with a range of up to 66km, depending on model. The hybrid mode automatically combines petrol and electric driving on longer journeys. In this mode the car adapts to the driving conditions and judges the remaining charge in the battery to maintain the charge or fuel economy. And finally, for longer distances, the car can be powered solely by the 1.5l petrol engine, maintaining the battery charge.
The battery can be charged on the move through regenerative braking. When plugged-in, the 15kWh battery can be powered up from zero to 80% in 30 minutes using a public DC fast charger. At home the charging will take between 84 minutes and 400 minutes, depending on whether the vehicle is plugged into a 7kW wall box or a domestic electricity supply.
Prices start at €41,400 excluding VAT in Germany for the Discovery Sport P300e. The Evoque PHEV costs at least €1,250 more.
By growing its portfolio of electrified products, the company is driving towards Destination Zero; its ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner.
In addition to the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options are also offered on the flagship Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles. Similarly, the recently revealed new Defender features mild hybrid tech and plug-in hybrid technology will be introduced later this year.
Picture copyright: Jaguar Land Rover, 2020