The Range_e concept car, based on the Range Rover Sport, is a plug-in hybrid car which matches an electric motor and small diesel engine.
The result is a luxury SUV capable of travelling on purely electric power for short periods, but can switch to power from the 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine developing 245PS.
As a result, the Range_e is set to become the first ever Land Rover delivering sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions – at 89g/km – and qualification for zero Vehicle Excise Duty and exemption from the London congestion charge.
It will appear at the RAC Future Car Challenge in the UK, but Land Rover says the technology will only be available on Land Rover cars from 2013.
Three Range_e models will be showcased during the challenges. All three were developed as part of the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board’s projects to encourage green car technology.
Despite the green powertrain, the Range_e is based on the luxury Range Rover Sport SUV. Standard models of the Range Rover Sport include four generously-equipped trim levels.
These include entry-level SE, HSE, a supercharged version of the HSE specification and the exclusive Autobiography Sport specification.
All models come with LED lights and 19" alloy wheels as well as leather interior, rear parking aid, automatic climate control and an audio interface with MP3, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.
Priced from £48,035, the Range Rover Sport is one of three models in the Range Rover line up, which also boasts the ultra-luxurious Range Rover and the smaller Range Rover Evoque, which boasts coupe-like styling, a two-wheel drive option and sub-£30,000 prices for entry-level versions.
The Range Rover Evoque will go on sale in the UK in October and until the launch of hybrid models, it will be the most frugal and cleanest Range Rover on the market.