Jaguar Land Rover continues EV journey with new Velar

Vehicle manufacturer JLR has launched a new Range Rover plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) as part of the brand’s transition away from traditional petrol and diesel vehicles.

The Velar’s new hybrid powertrain is the same system that JLR has used in the manufacturer’s Defender P400e. This includes a turbocharged 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a 17.1kWh lithium ion battery pack that has been mounted under the boot.

It generates almost 400bhp and can produce enough power to go from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds. When the battery is topped up with energy, the powertrain can deliver a fuel economy of 130 miles per gallon with a ‘pure’ electric range of some 33 miles.

When the vehicle is plugged into a 50kW DC fast charging unit, the JLR battery pack can reach 80% of its charge within 30 minutes and it also supports a 7kW AC wallbox charge – but this increases charge time to 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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