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Land Rover shows off trio of Concept_e research vehicles

Snapshot: A sneak preview at JLR’s upcoming hybrid and electric vehicles.

These three “Concept_e research demonstrators” were unveiled this week at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event and come with a bespoke modular electric drive module that was developed in-house by the engineers at Jaguar Land Rover. While technical details are scarce at this point, we do know the electric drive module (eDM) can be installed between any power unit and gearbox in order to enable a mild hybrid electric vehicle or even a plug-in hybrid electric car.

Interestingly, this newly developed eDM can be used by itself to enable a pure electric vehicle. Jaguar Land Rover mentions the eDM has double the horsepower and torque compared to any electric motor-generator available today.

The first research demonstrator vehicle is known as the Concept_e MHEV and takes the shape of a Range Rover Evoque mild hybrid featuring a 48V electrical system. It comes with a prototype of a diesel engine with 90 bhp that works together with a 20 bhp electric motor installed between the combustion engine and the 9-speed gearbox.

As for the Concept_e PHEV, this is a plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover and is motivated by a prototype gasoline engine with 300 bhp teamed up with a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor which churns an additional 204 bhp.

There’s also the Concept_e BEV which as the name suggests is a battery electric vehicle using Jaguar Land Rover’s new aluminum-intensive architecture used on recent products such as the new Jaguar XE and XF sedans. This research vehicle has a 115 bhp electric motor mounted at the front, along with a rear-mounted 197 bhp electric motor as well as electric drive axles and a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 70 kWh.

JLR hasn’t specified when this new technology will trickle down to production cars, but word on the street says this new hardware will be implemented on a road-going model around the end of the decade.

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