Developing plug-in hybrids alongside electric vehicles makes sense for JLR, because PHEVs will become relatively mainstream sooner than EVs. Their take-up will only be sped up by increasing traffic restrictions in cities such as London and a crackdown on tailpipe pollution.
Although Land Rover has been selling a Range Rover V6 diesel hybrid since 2013, it is working on an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain that is based around a new 295bhp four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine.
According to an engineering presentation last year, the company decided to build its own hybrid electric motor. However, the new Electric Drive Module (EDM) had to fit into the structure of the existing Range Rover model line-up and mate up with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The battery pack is packaged under the boot floor, although its capacity has not yet been confirmed. To be competitive, future JLR plug-in hybrids will need to have a real-world EV-only range of more than 20 miles and probably nearer 30 miles.