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2019MY Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles | Why Oslo shines as a beacon of electric mobility | Uncovering Mia Suki’s unbridled passion | How Project Hero is optimizing crisis response for the Austrian Red Cross | A stunning Norwegian drive in the Range Rover Velar


NEW RANGE ROVER PHEV B R I G H T S P A R K Introducing the innovative new 2019 Range Rover Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, delivering zero tailpipe emissions without compromising the renowned capability or iconic design WORDS G U Y B I R D ‘Less haste more speed’ is a saying that resonates well with Land Rover’s engineers. It’s certainly been their approach to Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs: closely watch how the market and technology develops, and then learn from those early forays before launching their own best of breed offering when the time and technology are right. And the wait is almost over. The 2019 model year Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV versions are arriving at retailers in the summer of 2018, offering uncompromised performance both on- and off-road. The heart of the new system is a 295 HP 2.0 liter Ingenium gas engine especially designed by Jaguar Land Rover, which is supported by a 85kW electric European model shown. 28

In electric mode, the PHEV versions of the new Range Rover offer zero emissions motor. When combined, these two power sources create 398 HP, enabling a 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in less than 6.5 seconds * and on to a top speed of 137 mph * (220 km/h). Add to this ability zero tailpipe emissions and the stage is set for the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport to deliver power with a conscience. The innovative new gas-electric powertrain also enhances Land Rover’s legendary all-terrain skills in ways rivals just can’t match. That’s because the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV vehicles offer their electric power in both high and low-range gears. Also, the PHEV vehicle’s electric motor controls the delivery of its torque to help provide superior ‘pull-away’ ability on surfaces where grip is poor. * Always follow local speed limits. Meanwhile, renowned ground clearance makes rough terrain easier to negotiate and the smooth underfloor ensures the EV system is well protected. The 35-inch wading depth of the Range Rover is unaffected (33 inches for the Range Rover Sport). Charging the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV vehicles can be done in a variety of ways. Using a dedicated Level 2 / 220v home charger, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2.75 hours. In addition, a range of charging points can be used at offices, stores, parking lots and other designated public charging places. The charging port is seamlessly integrated into the front grille to provide an easy connection while still keeping the cleanliness of Range Rover vehicle’s iconic design. When extreme weather is a factor, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV vehicles are designed to cope admirably. Both have a supplementary electric heater and air compressor powered by the highvoltage battery that enables either vehicle pre-cooling or pre-warming, in temperatures as low as -40º F or as high as 140º F, without needing to start the engine. Controlling these PHEV vehicles’ power and conserving their energy couldn’t be easier from a driver perspective. In normal driving the car will automatically decide which blend of gas and electric power is required, using a belt-driven starter motor and dual-clutch transmission for refined smoothness. It can even utilize navigation data from pre-programmed routes to optimize energy use. In addition to Predictive Energy Optimization, the driver can manually select a SAVE function to maintain the battery charge at the level it is when the button is pressed. This is useful when the driver wants to reserve battery charge for EV driving later in the trip. The normal operating mode for the vehicle is as a parallel hybrid, with the vehicle automatically selecting the most efficient blend of energy from the electric motor and combustion engine. Alternatively the driver can manually select EV mode, which allows the vehicle to be driven under electric-only power using energy stored in the battery. EV mode will be overridden if the driver uses significant accelerator pedal travel, which will cause the combustion engine to start enabling full combined power. It will also override if the battery charge drops to an insufficient level to maintain progress. All in all then, Land Rover’s new PHEV vehicles look set to enable their drivers to go further with confidence and conscience intact. There’s never been a better time to check out plugging in. TAKE CHARGE To find out more on the innovative new PHEV options and how easy it is to make the switch, visit 29

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Land Rover Magazine 39


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