Jaguar Land Rover plans EVs and hybrids from 2020
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that all its model lines will feature hybrid or all-electric power from 2020.
It’s the biggest carmaker yet to confirm plans for electrification, and follows a similar announcement by Volvo earlier this year.
Although 2020 is a year later than Volvo’s 2019 target, it’s still a significant pledge considering its only all-electric creation to date is the Jaguar I-Pace, an SUV that’s due to hit the market next year.
End for internal combustion?
It plans to offer a hybrid or electric version of every model (that means all Land Rovers, Range Rovers and Jaguars) but it’s not the end for its internal combustion engines just yet – JLR says that the move is primarily to give customers a wider range of options.
Dr Ralf Speth, JLR chief executive said: “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice. The internal combustion engine is state-of-the-art; we will see […] petrols and diesels for many years to come”
That said, JLR plans to significantly lower its cars’ CO2 outputs, which currently stands at 164g/km – a long way off the UK’s 121.4g average. A big factor it will also be considering is the fact that all manufacturers must average just 95g/km by 2021.
Automotive expert David Bailey said that Jaguar is playing catch-up with other premium manufacturers, and also reacting to the recent decline in the popularity of diesels.
He commented: “The premium end of things is moving more quickly [towards electrification] in part because electric car costs are higher at the moment because of battery costs, so they can absorb that. It’s also because they are heavily dependent on diesel and the market is moving away from diesel.”
Any new models?
The first Jaguar to feature all-electric power will be the upcoming I-Pace SUV. Due to hit UK roads next year, it’s set to get a range of 310 miles and performance stats to rival Tesla’s Model S.
As for other models, industry speculation suggests that some recent Jaguar trademarks give away clues to future models. The iXE, CXJ, P-Type and T-Type have all been earmarked by Jaguar, although only time will tell us if they will be solely used for hybrid and electric offerings.
For now though, we’ll make do with some new concepts. Following its electrification announcement, Jaguar revealed some interesting concepts that give us an idea of the EV-tech it has been working on; namely the Future-Type for 2040 (above) and the E-Type Zero.
The Future-Type is described as “a premium compact on-demand vehicle concept, designed to meet the needs of future generations”. In other words, it’s all-electric and of course autonomous, although Jaguar says that it is driveable too.
While the Future-Type looks ahead, the E-Type Zero mixes classic design with contemporary technology. A classic it may be, but fitted with the a similar electric drive train as the upcoming I-Pace, the iconic E-Type has a very fitting name indeed. Zero emissions, 170-mile range and 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds… could this be the ultimate classic for 2017?