Jaguar exhibits XJ_e Plug-In Hybrid at 2012 Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event

Article by Anita Panait, on September 7, 2012

Jaguar Land Rover is set to conduct a demonstration of its XJ_e plug-in hybrid engineering research vehicle at the 2012 CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event. The XJ_e project is part of the carmaker’s strategy to develop best-in-class low-carbon premium vehicles. The project also comes after other successful hybrid research demonstrators including the Range_e project.

The XJ_e is partly financed by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board through the REEVolution project and is engineered in collaboration with leading UK technology firms to help develop the know-how for ultra-low carbon vehicles within the supply chain.

Bob Joyce, Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover, remarked that the carmaker is at the centre of the UK car industry’s drive to provide technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development. The XJ_e demonstrates how an advanced parallel plug-in hybrid design could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 70 per cent, without compromising vehicle performance.

XJ_e could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in under 6.5 seconds to reach a limited top speed of 250km/h. Despite this performance, the XJ_e only emits less than 75g grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, and boasts of a zero-emission range of 40km (25 miles) on electric power.

Power from its 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine is transmitted to the wheels through a hybridised 8-speed automatic gearbox. The XJ_e uses the class-leading lightweight aluminium vehicle structure from the Jaguar XJ coupled with an advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) system.

Like the original XJ penned by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons, the reincarnation is just as groundbreaking, dynamically beautiful and as stunning. The revolutionary reincarnation of the nameplate – a product of creative mind of Jaguar design director Ian Callum and his team – reflects his vision for the future of the British brand.

Design-wise, the new Jaguar XJ features a panoramic glass roof that spans across its full length. With this length, the glass roof allows natural light to penetrate the cabin all throughout, thereby making it seem that the interior is more spacious than it actually is. In addition, this glass roof allows the XJ to retain its sleek coupé-like profile.

Underpinning the new Jaguar XJ is a lightweight aluminum structure, around 50 percent of which is composed of recycled materials. This makes the Jaguar XJ lighter than if it employed a different material, resulting to better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. This approach also enables the new Jaguar XJ to further reduce its carbon footprint.

Using aluminum as main material for the structure saves around 150 kg of weight -- compared to its rivals – also allowing the new XJ to reach a new level of performance and agility.

This performance level is helped by the fact that the new Jaguar XJ is available with powerful yet efficient engines like the 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine. All available engines send power to the wheels through a shift-by-wire, six-speed automatic gearbox as controlled by steering wheel-mounted shift paddles or by the JaguarDrive Selector.

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