'Green' Range Rover Concept Entering Challenge

'Green' Range Rover concept entering challenge

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Land Rover will showcase three of its Range_e concept models at the RAC Future Car Challenge.

The diesel-electric hybrid vehicles will join a host of other low emissions from major manufacturers in participating this year’s challenge.

The event sees some of the world’s most advanced pre-production vehicles driven through a 60 mile route from Brighton’s Madeira Drive to Pall Mall in London. The vehicle which uses the least energy over the whole route will be deemed the winner.

The Range_e, based on the Range Rover Sport, is Land Rover’s first ‘green’ vehicle and is expected to enter full production sometime in 2013. Five units of the development model are currently undergoing a testing programme.

It uses a 245hp 3.0 litre TDV6 diesel engine in combination with an 69kW electric motor connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The SUV can achieve 0-62mph in less than 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 120mph. It can also travel more than 20 miles on electric power alone and emits just 89g/km of CO2.

The Range_e project has official backing from the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board.

The Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee and the FCC Technical Panel, Ben Cussons, welcomed the involvement of the Range_e in the Future Car Challenge.

He added: “The RAC Future Car Challenge is, by definition, an event to bring future vehicle technology to the attention of the car buying public. This will enable them to make better informed choices when considering the environmental impact of future vehicle purchases."