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Diesel-fuelled PHEVs on the cards as the firm explores new ways of making its powertrains cleaner
Felix Page Autocar writer
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3 July 2020

Jaguar Land Rover will continue to invest in diesel technology as it ramps up plans to electrify its model line-up and develop a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. 

Product engineering boss Nick Rogers said, in light of the coronavirus pandemic: "We really believe that customers will be focused on being cleaner, safer and smarter than ever before. Electrification will become ever-more important, but potentially in a smart way.

"We really feel there's a real place - on long journeys - for our 'super-clean' diesels and our 'super-clean' gasolines. We believe that's a real, valid mode of transport."

Noting the sharp fall in oil prices during the pandemic, Rogers added: "We will continue to invest in clean diesels, as well as clean gasoline vehicles, BEVs and PHEVs to offer variety, because for a lot of people, the cleanest, most efficient way of transportation is still diesel or gasoline, and they can leverage doing that very efficiently."

Other manufacturers have largely spoken of their ambition to move away from combustion. Porsche recently removed all diesel powertrains from its line-up and parent company Volkswagen will begin development of its final combustion-powered vehicle in 2026

But Rogers said there remains a place for diesel powertrains if they can be made more environmentally efficient. "If you can combine that with a PHEV, in normal or city usage, you can be completely clean and silent, as well, so you don't pollute the environment with noise." Currently, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) offers just three models with a plug-in powertrain: the Range Rover, Evoque and Discovery Sport - all petrol powered. 

Although many of today's diesel cars are equipped with mild-hybrid technology, it is only Mercedes that has plug-in diesel powertrains currently on sale. The firm's C300 de and E300 de pair a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel motor with a 13.5kWh lithium ion battery for an electric-only range of between 30 and 34 miles, while the newly launched GLE 350 de ups that range to 61.5 miles with a 31.2kWh battery pack. 

JLR is advancing plans to transition to being a provider of mobility services in light of the pandemic. Rogers said that alongside making its powertrains more efficient, it is working to increase the use of recycled materials in its vehicles, improve the air quality in cabins and reduce 'the cognitive load' on drivers with assist functions like keyless entry. 

The company is developing a hydrogen powertrain in partnership with Delta Motorsport, Marelli Automotive Systems and UKBIC. With funding from the government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre, JLR is working on a fuel cell premium SUV prototype - codenamed Zeus - that will offer a long range, quick refill times, off-road capability and a large towing capacity.

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3 July 2020

Only the other day I wished for keyless entry due to my brain not being able to handle the key fob button complexity.

3 July 2020
Another nail in the coffin. Keep up the good work, guys!

3 July 2020

This is exactly why JLR are in the mess they are in with falling sales. As for the idea that a diesel PHEV is all electric and silent in town only the diesel engine outside on the open road is pure fantasy. The car will use whatever power plant is required unless placed in pure EV mode and unless the batteries are kept charged this is not going to be very far. As most drivers would likely be driving into towns for work it is probable that their batteries have already been drained to some degree before reaching "town" - code for ULEZ areas. In reality most PHEVs whether petrol or diesel based use a combination of ICE and electric most of the time until the batteries are drained and then use the ICE to charge the batteries. Certainly every PHEV I have driven or been driven in has used the ICE in town to some degree or another.  This means diesel emissions in town/ULEZ. Probably the reason only Mercedes-Benz so far uses diesel PHEV powertrains.

3 July 2020
spqr wrote:

Certainly every PHEV I have driven or been driven in has used the ICE in town to some degree or another.  This means diesel emissions in town/ULEZ. Probably the reason only Mercedes-Benz so far uses diesel PHEV powertrains.

Youre not making any sense - if its a Euro 6d Diesel the "diesel emissions" are no particulates and mostly lower NOx than petrols, plus the usual lower CO2 than petrols. In fact most petrols still dont have particulate filters so its quite ironic that most petrol PHEVs older than 2019 will be spitting out more particulates than Euro 6d diesels, whether theyre PHEV or just an engine.

 

 

4 July 2020
spqr wrote:

 Probably the reason only Mercedes-Benz so far uses diesel PHEV powertrains.

Volvo did use them in the previous generation V60, but no one bought them, so they switched to petrol PHEV and are selling them almost as fast as they can make them.. 

3 July 2020

JLR are dinosaurs now and we know what happened to them

3 July 2020

When will the management of JLR just throw in the towel instead of trying to persuade us that the future is diesel. Surely not the way to enable U.K. GOVERNMENT to continue to prop them up with more billions of taxpayer money. 

3 July 2020

Come on JLR your flogging dead horses here... and I'm a fan

3 July 2020

Oh dear, why do so many people not realise that the diesel emissions problem has been sorted with Euro 6d compliant cars ? Are they simply stupid, are they ignorant of the facts or is it just plain old bias ? As long as ICE engines are used diesel is better - more efficient, lower CO2. 

3 July 2020
How are they clean? They burn diesel which is full of carbon, next you will be telling me that VW didn't cheat on emissions

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