The Jaguar XJ_e, on display in the FoS-TECH pavilion at Goodwood, has been created to show that a plug-in hybrid system which can improve both performance and efficiency can be incorporated into Jaguar Land Rover products.
Following on from the Limo Green and Range_e concepts, the XJ_e uses the 237bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine from the Range Rover Evoque in place of the usual 5.0-litre V8 petrol unit. It is mated to a special eight-speed automatic transmission and hybrid system consisting of a 93bhp electric motor and a 12.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The XJ_e can crack 0-62mph in less than 6.5sec and reach a top speed limited to 150mph. The impressive performance is not at the expense of CO2 emissions, as the concept boasts a figure of “less than 75g/km” along with combined economy of 87mpg.
The parallel hybrid system means the concept can travel on petrol power, electric power or a combination of both. It can travel on electric power alone for up to 25 miles, and the claimed range of electric and petrol power combined is 679 miles.
Like Limo Green and Range_e before it, the concept has been in part created using money from the Technology Strategy Board’s REEVolution project.
JLR’s engineering director Bob Joyce said the concept showed we could “expect some exciting low-carbon products in the future” from JLR.