The UK Business Secretary Dr. Vince Cable visited Jaguar Land Rover's headquarters to experience first hand a selection of the latest Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and hear about the company's plans for environmental innovation.
During his visit Dr. Cable saw how Jaguar Land Rover - the UK's largest investor in automotive environmental technologies - has utilised some of the £800m already committed to the development of technologies aimed specifically at reducing tailpipe CO2 emissions.
The Business Secretary met with members of Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Research team who are working on the development of sustainable technologies including hybrids and electrification. These technologies were demonstrated in the form of the Jaguar XJ-based Limo Green and the Range Rover Sport REHEV (Range Extended Hybrid Electric Vehicle) both of which are supported by Technology Strategy Board funding.
The Range Rover REHEV will run as a pure electric car for up to 12 miles in town and the diesel engine and electric motor will combine to drive all four wheels at higher speeds and when off-road. The target for its average emissions is 94 g/km CO2 and a zero emissions range up to 19 miles.
The ultra-efficient hybrid Jaguar Limo Green concept is a Range Extended Electric Vehicle developed in conjunction with Lotus Engineering, MIRA and Caparo Technologies. Based on the new, lightweight, Jaguar XJ saloon launched in 2010, Limo Green features an advanced electric drive motor, battery pack and a small auxiliary power generator instead of the familiar Jaguar diesel and petrol engines. Limo-Green is targeting CO2 emissions of less than 120gm/km, fuel consumption bettering 57mpg and a top speed of 112mph. The overall range is 500 miles and in EV mode, an impressive 30 miles.
Dr Cable said: "The UK excels in making premium and niche cars and these are exported all over the world. A great example of the UK's advanced research and development excellence is Jaguar's Limo Green ultra-low carbon technology project. An executive car that can do more than 50mpg with CO2 emissions from only 50g/km shows Britain's premium car sector is more than capable of rising to the environmental challenges facing the car industry."
Carl-Peter Forster, Managing Director and Group CEO of Tata Motors said. "Jaguar Land Rover has a central role in the UK's automotive landscape supporting over 130,000 jobs and generating almost £6billion in export revenues alone. With annual investment in product creation set to top the £1billion mark Jaguar Land Rover is making a very clear statement of intent for its future and the critical role that manufacturing, engineering and R&D plays in ensuring the UK play its full part in a new low-carbon economy."Published 25 August 2010