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Jaguar Land Rover is in discussions with other car makers over a potential partnership on hybrid vehicles in a bid to reach European CO2 emissions targets.

Jaguar Land Rover director of research and technology Wolfgang Epple told industry journal Automotive News Europe that, “some discussions have taken place with other manufacturers”, though he would not name names.

Previously involved in cost-saving hybrid collaborations with General Motors and Daimler Chrysler in his former role as vice president of hybrid technology at BMW, Epple said in the past this resulted in each manufacturer building its own car and sharing components.

Driven by 2015 European Union CO2 fleet average targets of 130g/km, JLR will start selling its Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid models in Europe from early 2014 and in Australia from the second quarter of 2014.

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A report by analyst Bernstein Research concluded that hitting future fuel economy and CO2 emissions targets is “arguably the single biggest challenge for JLR” with the manufacturer needing to fit hybrid technology to a greater proportion of its vehicles than almost any other in order to reach those goals.

Despite the overall industry benchmark, JLR says it’s targeting a marker of 164g/km, reflecting the higher average vehicle weight of its fleet.

Last month, the Indian-owned British marque announced it will lead a collaborative research and development program into next-generation hybrid and electric powertrain technologies with three Range Rover Evoque-based vehicles planned – a mild hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a full battery-powered electric variant.

Dubbed ‘Evoque_e’, the two-year £16.3 million ($27.8 million) UK government Technology Strategy Board project will see Jaguar Land Rover team with 11 industry and university partners, including Williams Advanced Engineering, Delta Motorsport, Tata Steel, and the universities of Bristol, Cranfield and Newcastle.

JLR is also investing in a new UK-based advanced research centre due to open in 2016, with hybrids a key area of focus.

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  • Smart US

    did not LR said they will not share their Brains?

  • ben

    they better work on their reliability issues rather this these non senses

  • chris_xxxx

    All these reductions so that we can worship at the altar of global warming. Where the earth hasn’t warmed in 16 years and counting. Where the earth has had CO2 levels 15 times what they are now, and plants continued to grow.

    Europe is going to destroy its industry if it’s not careful. High carbon taxes and cheap US shale gas, is forcing European companies to relocate to the USA e.g. chemical industry.

    • Phil

      I think the only one worshipping at an altar is yourself. This is about making better vehicles. Electric drive makes perfect sense for an offroad vehicle – maximum torque from zero rpm. That’s why heavy plant machinery in mining and construction have used it since LeTourneau introduced it in the 1940’s. Plug in hybrid makes sense because electric running costs about a tenth to fuel for equivalent mileage. Electric drive in city use makes sense because reduced air pollution lowers public health costs. And new technology requires new investment, thus acting as an economic stimulus.

      Good on LR for seeking ways to make better vehicles that are cheaper to run, and have less impact on the world around it. The industrial revolution gave us what we’ve got, but that doesn’t mean burning fossilized dinosaur remains is the peak of human achievement. The best is yet to come.

      • chris_xxxx

        This is all about reducing CO2 emissions due to tighter EU regulations coming in the next few years.

        I suggest you look into the environmental cost of making these batteries and the cost of disposal afterwards. And what produces the electricity to charge electric vehicles? Likely to be coal and gas, and not wind farms or solar.

  • MattOz

    Range Rover sophistication and Land Cruiser toughness = ultimate 4×4!