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Jaguar XJ_e Plug-in Hybrid

With its recent release into the auto world, the Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid is already an award-winning vehicle. It was the recipient of two awards for the Royal Auto Club (RAC) Future Car Challenge. It was also entered into the UK's 2012 CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event and the Goodwind Festival of Speed.

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And it was also a part of the initiative to move the automotive industry a large step forward in terms of fuel efficiency and environmental awareness. In the recent RAC appearance on November 3rd, the car managed to clock an impressive 112 miles to the gallon over a sixty-three mile course in England.

The RAC identified the Jaguar as the Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car Prototype. Its Technical Panel granted the car an Award of Merit. When running strictly on electricity, the range is approximately 25 miles. The highest speed that it will achieve is 75 miles per hour on electricity alone.

That speed doubles to 150 mph when the car is running on gasoline. In addition, Jaguar Land Rover has made significant progress with the fuel exhaust amount, reducing it by seventy percent. They have replaced the more traditional five liter V8 engine with a combination two liter turbocharged engine, a 69 kW electric motor, and a 12.3 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Because the Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid is so fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly, England's government is one of Jaguar Land Rover's contributors on the project. It falls into a larger project within the company that goes by the name of XJ_e.

There is much research being performed on ways to improve the industry in relation to the environment. Because it is a parallel hybrid, it can operate on electric charge, gasoline, or the two together. The car gets a little over sixty miles per gallon when it is running on electricity, but it is capable of running on a combination of electricity and fuel as well as on one or the other.

The challenge in developing a car such as the Jaguar XJ_e was finding a balance between maintaining consumer appeal and improving environmental efficiency. This model was presented as the product of research and experimentation by Jaguar Land Rover in conjunction with the U K government. The RAC event was the first time that the manufacturers were able to truly test the limits of the vehicle.

Prior estimates were based on calculations rather than actual performance with the reality exceeding the expectations. While it was estimated that the car would have an approximate mile per gallon figure of about eighty-seven, it was able to reach an exciting 112 mpg. The key to this feat seems to be attributed in part to its parallel plug-in hybrid system.

Other perks of this prototype include a gas pedal that will take the car from full stop to 62 mph in approximately 6.5 seconds. The electric half of the engine system can be charged in about four hours, and a tank of gas will last for a little less than seven hundred miles. This Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid is one in a line of advancements toward a greener automotive industry.