• Rumor: Hydrogen Power Coming to the 2024 Range Rover EV

A Range Rover that’s powered by hydrogen? It is, apparently, quite possible

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Land Rover just revealed the all-new Rang Rover with a new design that’s being coined as evolutionary, new more powerful engines, and luxury that some are saying is on par with that of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. That aside, the new Range Rover will launch in the U.S. with the option of two different engine choices – one hybridized and one BMW sourced. Looking ahead of a couple of years, you’ll find a Range Rover PHEV but beyond this Range Rover could do something very unexpected and it revolves around the first-ever electric Range Rover.

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Rumor: Hydrogen Power Coming to the 2024 Range Rover EV
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The new Land Rover Range Rover is built atop LR’s new MLA platform, which is designed to accommodate a range of fuel-powered drivetrains along with various forms of hybridization and even full-on electrification. A new report from Autocar, however, has shined light on an unexpected development: the MLA platform is capable of supporting a hydrogen powertrain.

This breaking news comes from none other than Land Rover’s Program Director, Nick Miller, who not only confirmed the MLA platform’s ability to handle a hydrogen powertrain but even admitted that a hydrogen-powered Range Rover could happen. According to Miller, a hydrogen-powered Range Rover would be “complementary” to battery-electric powertrains, mainly because Land Rover wants to go carbon-neutral by 2036 at the latest.

Rumor: Hydrogen Power Coming to the 2024 Range Rover EV
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As of now, there aren’t a lot of details to go by, but we know that Land Rover has integrated a hydrogen system into a Defender prototype – something that tells us a hydrogen-powered concept could be revealed in the somewhat near future. The battery-powered Range Rover, however, will be the main electric offering, and it will be likely birthed from the new development partnership between Land Rover and BMW. The partnership will focus on the development of a new electric drive system, and according to Autocar, this partnership will lead to the Range Rover EV featuring at least two electric motors. Total output could eclipse anything it’s able to push from its most powerful combustion-powered vehicles.

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That’s saying a lot when you think about the most powerful electrified Range Rover. It’s the P510e, and it’s currently available in Europe. This model blends the 3.0-liter inline-six with a 38.2-kWh electric battery, and a 141-horsepower transmission-integrated electric motor. In total (and as its trim designation suggests), it’s able to pump out a total system output of 510 ponies. It can also reach the 62-mph mark in 5.6 seconds. Sadly for those of us in the U.S., the best hybrid option that comes in 2023 will feature a similar setup but will only be good for 434 horsepower.

2023 Range Rover P510e specifications
Engine 3.0-liter inline-six
Battery 38.2-kWh
Motor transmission-integrated electric
Electric power 141 HP
Combined power 510 HP
0 to 62 mph 5.6 seconds

Source: Autocar

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