Friday, July 24, 2009

Electrifying News From Jaguar

We already knew Jaguar is developing on a range-extended electric version of its venerable XJ sedan, but now comes word that the British automaker plans to go electric with a drop-top two-seater.
Jag is hard at work on the XE roadster, and the word from Conventry is the car could come with an optional range-extended electric drivetrain similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt. The roadster would get an electric motor and a three-cylinder gasoline engine to drive a generator, according to Motor Trend. Apparently it’s just a concept at this point, and Motor Trend says there’s no guarantee an XE-EREV (boy there’s a mouthful) would see production. The XE roadster is expected to debut at the Geneva auto show in 2011.
It also isn’t clear whether the electric XE would come instead of, or in addition to, the XJ range-extended electric car Jaguar is planning for 2011. That car would have a range of 30 miles and fuel efficiency of 57 mpg while spewing about as much CO2 as a Honda Civic Hybrid. Jaguar is counting on a $407.8 million loan from the European Investment Bank to help develop the car, which will be based on the next-generation XJ

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