Jaguar XJ Plug-In Revealed
JUL 1 2012 BY STAFF
Many events seems are happening in Goodwood at the Festival of Speed this weekend. You could watch a Nissan LEAF set a world record, check out a tribute to the racing cars of 1972, see Pikes Peak and Rally Cars, but what is of interest to us, is the debut of the Jaguar XJ Plug-in.
With the help (or money if you will) of the British Government’s Technology Strategy Board, Jaguar and battery maker Axeon, have created the XJ plug-in hybrid concept. Which foretells of what could be in store in the not so distant future for the vehicle.
Lawrence Berns, Axeon CEO, said: “The successful conclusion of the XJ_e demonstrator project proves Axeon’s ability to meet the needs of a complex and demanding OEM application, which crucially was delivered on time and on budget. We are proud to see Axeon battery technology on display at Goodwood Festival of Speed once again and look forward to the XJ_e being seen in action later this year.”
The car is powered by Land Rover’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, which is augmented by a 93 hp electric motor, giving the car a healthy output of 330 hp. Sprint times are fairly quick, with 0-100 km/h (or 62 mph) in about 6.5 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.
It is reported that the Jaguar XJ plug-in can be operated in an all electric mode for up to 40 km (25 miles), powered by a 12.3kWh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery supplied by Axeon. Blended fuel economy standards give a 3.2l/100km (87 mpg in UK) rating, which would translate to about 72 MPG in the US. Also noted, the Jag has a CO2 rating of just 75g/km.
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