Land Rover highlights its environmental future
New York, NY— Land Rover
presented a glimpse of its future environmental technology at
the 2006 New York International Auto Show.
The concept, called Land_e, showcases
some of the alternative technologies that Land Rover is considering
adopting on its vehicles in the near future.
The concept on the Land Rover
stand at the New York Show is entitled Land_e, but the technologies
it is showcasing are called the e-Terrain System and consist of
practical solutions enabling Land Rover vehicles to maximize class
leading on- and off-road performance while still meeting environmental
Highlights include the integrated
starter-generator which slows the engine to a stop when the vehicle
comes to a halt and restarts when the driver demands. An integrated
electric rear axle drive is incorporated with the ISG allowing
the vehicle at low speeds to use a 100 percent electric rear drive.
Off-road, both mechanical and electric power can be fed to all
four wheels. This improves the vehicle’s capabilities as
electric engines produce good low end torque and can supplement
the low down power of gasoline engines.
Even greater fuel economy is
achieved by an innovation that automatically disconnects the propshaft
and power take off when they are not required. Land_e also uses
a new Powershift gearbox. A semi automatic transmission allows
full automatic operation and manual gear changes without power
interruption, which eliminates the need for a torque converter.
Land_e also incorporates an additional mode to Land Rover’s
Terrain Response system that optimizes on-road fuel economy even
Land_e and the technology it
showcases are designed to be able to use E85 ethanol to provide
energy sustainability and further reduce emissions.