Jaguar Land Rover given 2011 Innovation award

Land Rover’s Range_e plug-in hybrid diesel-electric concept won the 2011 Award for Automotive Innovation by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), following its debut at the Geneva show in March 2011.

SMMT has also hailed it the most significant achievement of the year in UK research and development for the global market.

SMMT highlighted the car’s ability to be charged through an electric socket and run on electric power alone.

Based on the Range Rover Sport, the Range_e uses a 242bhp 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine and can drive up to 20 miles on electric power alone. Beyond 20 mile range the Range_e produces CO2 emissions of just 89g/km and returns 85mpg whilst in hybrid mode.

The low CO2 figure of less than 100g/km means that the Range_e is exempt from the London congestion charge and road tax.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive and chair of the judging panel, said: “Jaguar Land Rover has engineered and manufactured a highly efficient and technologically advanced prototype vehicle that clearly demonstrates industry’s commitment to lowering vehicle emissions and creating exciting products for demanding consumers.

“This award champions industry innovation, promoting cutting-edge automotive engineering and design that the UK is famed for around the world.”

Land Rover’s first diesel-electric hybrid model is set to be released in 2012. Land Rover vehicles are available from Perry’s Halifax and Huddersfield – Rocar Moores dealerships.