Reaching European CO2 emission target is not an easy task. Many car manufacturers have been trying to develop hybrid technology to reduce CO2 production from their car. Of course, this technology needs much budget and time. Therefore, Jaguar Land Rover isseeking partner to build up hybrid cars together. JLR now is discussing with the others carmakers to construct this technology, although JLR do not mention the name.
As a vice president on BMW that responsible to hybrid technology development at the past, Wolfgang Epple, JLR’s research and technology chief, had experienced on hybrid partnership with General Motors and Daimler Chrysler on 2005. Each company manufactured its own car, but used the same component. European requirement for CO2 emission on 2015 is 164 grams per kilometer. This number is higher than overall industry (130 g/km) that indicates higher average weight of the vehicle. JLR itself, in 2010, discharged CO2 about 223 g/km and 206 g/km in 2011.
Jaguar Land Rover will release diesel-hybrid type of Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, starts from next year. These genres are claimed will decrease CO2 production until 26 percent, compared with the previous standard V6 model. Both of the cars are offered in Europe on early 2014 and on second quarter of 2014 in Australia.
Last month, JLR has been getting involved on collaboration for hybrid and electric technology research and development program, sponsored by UK Government Technology Strategy Board. This project’s aim is to develop a mild-hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a full battery-powered electric vehicle, based on Rage Rover Evoque. The project was involving 11 industry and university partners such as Delta Motorsport, Williams Advaced Engineering, Zytek, Tata Steel, Bristol University, and many more. JLR also invests in a new innovation hybrid research center in UK which will open in 2016.