Wondering how the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrids work? Autoweek asked Lynfel Owen, the head of Land Rover’s vehicle engineering department about how the system operates and what is in the future for electrification and off-road driving.
“It is two clutches that are combined to operate the EV (electric vehicle) drive, whether the hybrid drive or the engine propulsion alone.” The electric motor is situated in the bell housing. The primary clutch is located in the front of the gearbox, alongside the engine. Behind it is the 8-speed gears and the second clutch.
Land Rover kept the rear driveshaft the same between the PHEV and non-PHEV models. This was integral to their mission because the goal was to create an electric vehicle with a low range.
The PHEV offers a variety of charging options including a 110V charging kit and 7-kw onboard charger. It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge or 45 minutes for a quick charge.
Land Rover collaborated with Samsung to create the electronic battery in an aluminum casting which allows for an efficient and compact solution. Samsung took credit for the cell technology while Land Rover designed the casing and engineering elements.
Land Rover is passionate about electrifying the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport model. They took on the challenge of upholding the off-road performance and designed a beautiful aluminum architecture to represent the brand.
Now we know Land Rover is well versed in the land of diesel and diesel hybrids. But why not go with a diesel engine for the PHEV models? “We realized there were major advantages in sticking with the gasoline engine,” said Lynfel Owen “It truly complemented the PHEV powertrain by delivering a wider range of torque.”