Plugin Hybrids for Land Rover’s Best Sellers

If you’ve been a keen fan of Land Rover it’s no news that they’ve been making use of plugin hybrid technology for a while now with Range Rover utilising it in their P400e engines.

Enter the Evoque and Discovery sport. And their 3-cylinder engines. Initially I was of the opinion that putting a 3 pot engine in a Land Rover is like taking an electric shaver to Kingsley Holgate’s beard. It’s just not very Land Rover. But, all things considered, I’m sure Kingsley would approve of the benefits to the earth because of the lower CO2 emissions. The fuel economy is also rather impressive. Look at some of these claimed figures from Land Rover’s media site:

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE P300E

Total power / torque output: 309PS (227kW) / 540Nm[1]

Combined WLTP fuel economy: 1.4L/100km (201.8mpg)

Combined WLTP CO2 emissions: 32g/km

EV-only range: 66km (41 miles)

Rapid charging time: 0-80 per cent in 30 minutes*

DISCOVERY SPORT P300E

Total power / torque output: 309PS (227kW) / 540Nm[1]

Combined WLTP fuel economy: 1.6L/100km (175.5mpg)

Combined WLTP CO2 emissions: 36g/km

EV-only range: 62km (38 miles)

Rapid charging time: 0-80 per cent in 30 minutes*

[1] Peak internal combustion engine and electric power not delivered at same engine speed
[2] The mechanical brakes will provide additional braking force if more than 0.2g is required
*Charge time possible with 50kW & 100kW DC Rapid charger (actual charge into the vehicle will be limited to 32kW).  Actual charge times may vary according to environmental conditions and available charging installation

Read further on page 2 to see all the technical information from Land Rover’s press release: