PHOTO CAPTION: Jaguar XJ_e Plug-In Hybrid concept.

Jaguar Quietly Debuts XJ Plug-In Hybrid Concept

The XJ_e investigates how a 5.0-litre V8 engine could be replaced by an advanced 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain to deliver similar performance and refinement.

Published: 03-Jul-2012

Nestled inconspicuously behind the Jaguar C-X75 gas turbine supercar concept in the FoS-Tech area of the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed is a Jaguar XJ. But no ordinary XJ... according to the stickers on the side, this one plugs in.

Jaguar was unable to comment when contacted them this afternoon for details, pending an official statement about the car tomorrow, but the words “Hybrid Electric Plug In” on the side of the show car are a rather clear indication that Jaguar is continuing its development of an electrified version of its flagship saloon.

Reports as early 2009 suggested the carmaker was working on a plug-in XJ using an extended range set-up similar to the Chevrolet Volt, but we'll have to wait until tomorrow for the drivetrain details on this latest effort.


Jaguar C-X16 Concept equipped 1.6kWh battery.

C-X16 is also able to travel at speeds of up to 50 mph under electric power alone... for a short distance.

Jaguar XJ_e prototype electric hybrid gets equivalent to 112 mpg in 2012 RAC Future Car Challenge

Trio of experimental plug-in XJ_e luxury cars used only 1.2 litres of petrol and 11kWh of electricity over a 63 mile course, equivalent to some 112 miles per gallon.

 Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid

The car was said to develop 888 horsepower between its front and rear electric motors, and 590 pounds-feet of torque.


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