2012 Jaguar XJ_e Plug-in Hybrid review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 6 September 2012 , 03:09:48 byAngela

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Jaguar XJ_e Plug-in Hybrid

Jaguar specialists have developed a research vehicle, the XJ_e plug-in hybrid and it will present it at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event that took place a day ago. There is a reason engineers have started this project, and that is to demonstrate that you can lower the CO2 emissions by 70%, but you will loose performance unless the model features an advanced parallel plug-in hybrid system.

The new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Jaguar XJ_e hides under the hood a frugal 2.0-liter, direct-injection, turbocharged gasoline engine that can also be found in the Range Rover Evoque. To send the output to the wheels, the engineers have offered a hybridized 8-speed automatic transmission. This is not all. Actually, the hybrid system features a 69 kW generator and a 12.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This can be fully charged in around four hours and you can use a regular household power supply. Thanks to the parallel hybrid system, the new Jaguar XJ_e can function only on gasoline, electric power or even on a combination between the two. The 2.0-liter engine is capable of producing 334 horsepower and the fuel consumption range was set for 87 mpg. This is actually enough for approximately 679 miles.

The output mentioned above enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than six and a half seconds. The top speed was electrically limited and so now the model can only reach 150 mph. Just for information, the model can run on electric power for around 25 miles, which means for about 40 km. The CO2 emission level reaches less than 75 g/km. This advanced research vehicle has been engineered in partnership with leading UK technology companies to find out more on ultra-low carbon vehicles.

Source: automobilesreview.com