Land Rover studies inductive charging for its SUVs

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 29, 2013

Hybrid and electric cars are the future and every carmakers knows this very well. Even Land Rover started to think green and introduced earlier this year the Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid models. Still, the most annoying thing at plug-in hybrid vehicles is that you have to charge them from a standard electrical wall socket.

In order to avoid this, Land Rover wants its vehicles to feature a wirelessly powered device that can be charged when the vehicle is parked in a charging station. This means a better range on every Land Rover SUV using just electricity from the battery, fuel-efficiency and commodity, as you don’t have to use a wire to charge your vehicle.

The current hybrid models from Land Rover, are powered by a 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine paired with a 35 kW electric motor integrated in the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The hybrid system has a total weight of less than 120 kg and includes a lithium ion battery pack, inverter as well an electric motor.

The electric motor delivers 170 Nm of torque and is able to push the SUV to a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h), providing a range of up to 1 mile or 1.6 km. The hybrid system delivers a total output of 340 hp and 700 Nm of torque.

With these numbers, the Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid models accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under seven seconds and have a top speed of 135 mph or 218 km/h.

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