The recent Geneva Motor Show provided the platform for numerous manufacturers to exhibit their new environmentally friendly vehicles as such ranges become common-place in the lines of commercial car companies. One of these corporations was the Tata subsidiary Land Rover who showcased their hybrid prototype from Range-e.
The giant automotive companies with electric vehicle interests take a global view. For example, Daimler AG has Smart, Mercedes Benz and investment Tesla Motors trading globally GM has its Adam Opel and other subsidiaries across the world. Now smaller automotive companies such as Tara International, Peraves, Bluebird Automotive, eCRP and Alke' are also expanding globally with electric vehicles. A similar thing is happening with aerospace companies involved in electric aircraft such as EADS and boat companies, even small ones such as Kopf Solarschiff.
The 4WD prototype is powered by a diesel-electric powertrain, which is expected to be used in future models. Range-e is a reincarnation of the Range Rover Sport, using the current 245PS 3.0 litre TDV6 diesel engine. The 69kW electric motor and 14.2kW/h lithium-ion battery can alone achieve a 20 mile range, supporting the company's strategy to target customers who travel short, urban journeys. The battery can be fully recharged from a domestic power supply in 4 hours.
When driven in parallel hybrid mode the car realizes 85mpg, which equates to 690 miles per full tank of fuel. Carbon emissions are reigned in at 89g/km overall, helped along by regenerative braking and an intelligent driving system that selects the most appropriate, efficient driving method.
The first commercially available hybrid Land Rover is expected to be available in 2013, followed by an entire range. The company is currently involved in the CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emissions Demonstrations) testing initiative, supported by the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board.
Between 2008 and 2012 Jaguar Land Rover aims to reduce their average CO2 fleet emissions by 25 percent and invest £800 million in ongoing environmental technologies.
Tata Motors Europe will be lecturing at the upcoming IDTechEx event Future of Electric Vehicles in Stuttgart, Germany from 28 - 29 June 2011.
The giant automotive companies with electric vehilce interests take a global view. For example, GM has its Adam Opel and other subsidiaries across the world. Now smaller automotive companies such as Tara International, Tesla Motors, Peraves, Bluebird Automotive and Alke' are also expanding globally with electric vehicles. A similar thing is happening with aerospace companies involved in electric aircraft such as EADS.
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