The Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport are both now available as plug-in hybrids, badged P300e, with electric-only ranges of up to 41 miles and CO2 emissions as low as 32g/km.
Both models have a 200hp 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a 109hp (80kW) electric motor on the rear axle and powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery. The Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid has an electric range of 41 miles, fuel economy of up to 201.8mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions of 32g/km. The Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e plug-in hybrid has an electric range of 38 miles, fuel economy of 175.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 36g/km. The average vehicle commute in the UK is 18.8 miles each day.
If you’re wondering whether a 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine is going to endow a Land Rover SUV with sufficient performance, the Range Rover Evoque P300e has a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 6.4 seconds, and 6.6 seconds for the Discovery Sport. Both can reach speeds of up to 84mph using electric power alone. Both vehicles have a total power output of 309hp and a total torque output of 540Nm.
There are three drive modes, HYBRID, EV and SAVE.
The Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) is powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery located below the rear seats. At speeds above 84mph the electric motor is decoupled to reduce drag and therefore optimise efficiency.
The new PHEV models can be recharged from 0-80 per cent from a 7kW AC domestic wall box in 1 hour 24 minutes. A full charge from a domestic plug socket takes 6 hours 42 minutes. Both can also be rapid charged from 0-80 per cent in 30 minutes using a 32KW DC public charger.
Land Rover’s intelligent InControl Remote smartphone app allows customers to monitor the vehicle’s charge status, ready the vehicle for the journey ahead or even set a charging timer to take advantage of off-peak energy tariffs.
Owners can automatically pre-condition the battery and cabin temperature before starting a journey using mains power to maximise range.
Company car drivers in the UK will enjoy significant savings. With CO2 emissions of 32g/km and a zero-emissions range of up to 41miles, certain Range Rover Evoque P300e derivatives will qualify for a new, lower Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rate of just six per cent in 2020/21, rising to eight per cent in 2022/23. With CO2 emissions from 36g/km, and a zero-emissions range of up to 38 miles, Discovery Sport PHEVs qualify for a 10 percent BIK rate in 2020/21, rising to 12 per cent in 2022/23.
The Range Rover Evoque P300e is available in S, SE and HSE specifications, either as standard or R-Dynamic, and Discovery Sport is available in R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE specifications. The Evoque is available with a range of wheel designs from 18 to 20 inches and Discovery Sport offers either 18 or 20 inch wheels.
The Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV is priced from £43,850 with the Discovery Sport P300e PHEV available from £45,370.