In a major announcement Land Rover in the UK has advised that a large number of its vehicles are now offered as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Chief amongst these are the best sellers in their respective ranges, the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Owners can expect to have an electric-only range of up to 66km and CO2 emissions as low as 32 grams per kilometre.
Badged P300e, both are based on Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Premium Transverse architecture, which was designed to support electrification while maintaining off-road capability.
The new plug-in hybrid P300e models join the existing 48-volt mild-hybrid SUVs, bringing new levels of efficiency to the premium compact SUV sector.
The new models combine a 200 horsepower (147kW) 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 80kW electric motor integrated into the rear axle and powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery located below the rear seats.
Performance and capability are boosted by the instant acceleration of the electric motor. Zero to 0-100km/h in just 6.4 seconds in the Range Rover Evoque. Meanwhile, the Discovery Sport offers 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds.
Both can reach speeds of up to 135km/h using electric power alone.
Rapid charging time is, if anything, the most impressive feature with zero -80 per cent in 30 minutes
The local importer points out that the average vehicle commute in Australia is 31km a day. So the RR Evoque PHEV and can be driven to work and back twice in EV Mode before needing a recharge.
Unfortunately, these vehicles are not scheduled to be launched in Australia until the second quarter 2021. Prices and local specs will be announced later.