2009 Land Rover ERAD e_Terrain Technologies review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 23 July 2008 , 11:07:14 byVeronica

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Land Rover ERAD e_Terrain Technologies

British specialists from Land Rover are conduction different tests with some ground-breaking Diesel ERAD Hybrid vehicles. Their aim is to reduce the CO2 emission level and also other emissions while still delivering characteristic Land Rover all-terrain performance. The tests are based on Freelander 2 vehicles, but the technology is designed to be modular, so could be applied across a variety of Land Rover models and power trains. This program is one of the most sustainability-focused engineering programs the carmaker is pursuing and which was possible thanks to the help of e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES. Beside these hybrids, the carmaker is also developing a range of other emission-busting and fuel-saving technologies that will start appearing on its production vehicles from now and over the next ten years. To be more precise, these range from a stop / start function which will actually be available next year as standard on all manual diesel Freelander 2 models to other advanced hybrid systems and lightweight vehicle architecture. The Diesel ERAD Hybrid was developed as part of a very expensive project supported by the Energy Saving Trust of the British government, under the low carbon research and development program. The vehicle can be driven solely by electric power or by the diesel engine, or by a combination of both. Actually the system was designed to reduce the CO2 emission level by 20% under the NEDC test cycle and to cut it by a substantial 30% in urban conditions. The current generations of petrol electric hybrids are little more efficient than the best modern diesel engines without hybrid technology. So that the objectives of this effors are achieved, Land Rover carmaker has developed its own, unique Electric Rear Axle Drive system, which in fact has the potential to enhance the all-terrain capabilities of the model.