Hybrid Land Rover confirmed for 2013

The Land Rover Range_e will be the first hybrid model from Land Rover and electric vehicle (EV) versions of the Discovery and Range Rover are expected to follow.

Tests will be carried out later this year on five diesel-hybrid models based on the current Range Rover Sport.

If development of the hybrid model goes to plan, production of the groundbreaking car will begin in 2013.

Land Rover is expected to use lightweight materials to build the Range_e to improve performance and the power-to-weight ratio. This is important because the hybrid technology adds 110kg to the weight of the vehicle.

Engineers at Jaguar Land Rover are working on petrol and diesel hybrid technology so that the Range_e can be sold in different countries worldwide. A plug-in hybrid has also been pencilled in for 2015.

All future Land Rover models, including traditional combustion-powered vehicles, will be fitted with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

According to Land Rover’s Chief Engineer Peter Richings,: "You can drive a Range Rover for at least 20 miles on full electric power around town, emissions of less than 100g/km and speeds of up to 70mph in EV mode."