What You Need to Know About the Range Rover Hybrid SUV
The new Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid is on its way. So whether you’re considering your first hybrid vehicle, or looking to upgrade to a new model, here’s the low-down on everything from battery life to CO2 emissions.
Why opt for a hybrid?
Electric cars have been around for a while, and they’re great for the environment but need frequent charging. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) offer the best of both – so you can save on fuel and cut down on emissions when driving on short journeys, but switch over to diesel or petrol when you need to drive faster or for longer. It’s a great choice if you want a Range Rover that’s more eco-friendly.
How does the new Range Rover hybrid SUV work?
There’s already an impressive selection of Range Rover PHEVs available and the latest, the Evoque P300e, will be a new addition to the stable. A Range Rover plug-in hybrid, like all PHEVs, has both an on-board battery and a combustion engine. It means you can be powered by electricity, or fuel, or a mixture of the two.
In the Evoque P300e there’s a dashboard where you can choose which driving mode you want: Hybrid, EV (Electric Vehicle) or Save.
In EV mode, you’ll be powered solely by the 15kWh lithium-ion battery. And the battery performance is impressive: you can go from 0-60mph in just 6.1 seconds, with a top speed of 84mph. Hybrid uses battery power as default, but switches to the 197bhp 1.5-litre engine automatically as needed. Save mode lets you store up your battery power for later in the journey.
What’s the battery life like, and how do you charge it?
The new Range Rover hybrid can run an impressive 41 miles before you’ll need to plug it in to charge. You can use a home charger or visit a public charging point (use the Zap Map to plan your route so that there’s always one nearby). Charging time is just 30 minutes at a 32kW DC public charging point. You can keep track of your battery life with a smartphone app.
What about CO2 emissions?
Emissions are low at 32g/km, which is great news for the environment. Evoque P300e drivers should also qualify for a low-emission tax benefit if it’s their company car.
When will the Range Rover hybrid SUV be available?
The Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid is due for launch in late 2020, with prices starting from £43,850. Check out the Land Rover website for more details.
Use less fuel, without splashing out on a new car
A Range Rover hybrid is a great way to save on fuel, but you don’t have to buy a new vehicle to do that. Even when not boosted by battery power, Range Rovers can be customised to run more economically, by using fuel more efficiently. So if you’re not ready to invest in a new hybrid SUV, why not save money and help the environment with a fuel economy upgrade?
Or get your Range Rover checked out before a big trip, with a specialist Land Rover Service.
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