New Range Rover PHEV: facts and figures | Articles
Land Rover has unveiled its highly anticipated 2022 Range Rover plug-in hybrid model, available in two power options: P400e ‘Extended Range’ and P510e.
The P510e petrol hybrid boasts a noticeably quicker 0-60mph time of just 5.6 seconds – noticeably quicker than most hot hatches today – but more importantly both PHEVs have plenty of benchmarks greener than ever. They are the cleanest Land Rovers to date, by some margin.
In fact, it seems Land Rover has underestimated the effectiveness of PHEV. When the 2022 Range Rover was announced last year, we were told to expect a range of 62 miles on battery power alone (before the engine had to start), but JLR now has 70 miles for the P400e at extended autonomy. That 13% increase will apparently be enough for 75% of Range Rover trips, Land Rover tells us.
The new hybrid means the lowest-emission powertrain available in the new Range Rover is reduced from 202g/km CO2 emissions (D300 short-wheelbase mild hybrid) to a remarkably small 18g/km (new P400e). Previous announcements only let us predict “less than 30 g/km of CO2”.
Charging information is displayed on the central touchscreen
The 2022 PHEV offers a significant boost in power and efficiency over the previous Range Rover L405, the plug-in hybrid version of which went on sale in the UK in 2018. The older model used an 85kW motor and a 13 kWh battery, allowing emissions of 64 g. /km – more than three times that of the new P400e.
By comparison, the new P510e powers a 38kWh lithium-ion battery pack to a single 105kW electric motor, mated to a 3.0-liter six-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine (the old model only used a four cylinders). Charging the battery via a 50kW DC fast charger will get you to 80% charge in less than an hour.
Range Rover plug-in hybrid prices in the UK start from £103,485 (OTR).
But everyone wants V8s, right?
Not really – it’s a highly anticipated and important model. With CO2 emissions well below 50g/km, UK road tax for the Range Rover PHEV is just £10… if you reduce the £335 all cars over £40,000 incur during their first five years. (If road tax worries seem absurd with a car as expensive as this, consider that the VED for a new V8 Range Rover is now £2245 a year.)
Land Rover is under extreme pressure to reduce carbon emissions across its range, if only to avoid having to buy more carbon ‘credits’ from Tesla (which cost JLR 35 million euros in 2020) in exchange for EU permission to sell its cars there. .
Charging at home is cheaper than using public chargers.
Investing in reducing emissions was at the heart of the company’s “Reimagine” strategy announced a year ago by then-new boss Thierry Bolloré. But the global semiconductor shortage caused by Covid has been a fly in the ointment for Reimagine, disproportionately affecting JLR’s ability to build its low-emission transmissions. Land Rover plans the Range Rover to be its first all-electric model, available from 2024, with its entire range available as electric vehicles by 2030.
In the new Defender, Land Rover has tested hydrogen fuel cells in the UK, considered the most powerful option for various long-range utility vehicle applications. But for the luxury flagship, the Range Rover P400e hybrid will be the greenest option for the next two years.