Jaguar Land Rover Unveil Three Low and Zero-emission Platforms at CENEX

Like any other carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover are looking to the future, but if you had any doubts regarding that, there's something to make you reconsider your position.
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That's because JLR revealed some of their innovative low and zero emission powertrain technologies on the scene of CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event.

For that, the British carmaker used three concepts all gathered under the Concept_e badge, including an electric drive module (eDM) developed in their own backyard.

“This is a long-term Jaguar Land Rover research project exploring all aspects of future hybrid and battery electric vehicle technology. The three Concept_e vehicles will allow us to test and develop exciting new potential technologies that could form part of our low and zero emissions vision beyond 2020," said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover.

That being said, let's have a look at each research demonstrators and dissect them for a change.

Concept_e MHEV

With this one, JLR forecasts a Mild Hybrid setup using an Evoque donor car. The powertrain combines a prototype diesel engine with 90 horsepower and a 48V electrical system, powered by a 48-volt lithium ion battery pack.

Concept_e PHEV

This is where Jaguar Land Rover is seriously trying to exploit the potential of a plug-in hybrid setup. For this platform, the carmaker came up with a prototype petrol engine good for 300 horsepower and an eight-speed gearbox longitudinally mounted inside a Range Rover Sport mule.

The ICE (internal combustion engine) is helped by an electric motor that draws its juice from a 320-volt Li-ion battery that was placed in the SUV's boot.

Concept_e BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle)

JLR tells us this is a "bespoke" demonstrator, based on the car manufacturer's aluminum architecture. The platform was modified so that it can accommodate a 70 kWh HV Li-ion traction battery along with an electric axle drive.

JLR hopes technologies like these will continue to make a big contribution to the brand's efforts of lowering their fleet's CO2 emissions by more than 25 percent.
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