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Performance and sustainability come together in new Jaguar concept car

Greenwise Staff
1st October 2010
The Jaguar electric supercar of the future was unveiled yesterday – one that can reach a speed of more than 200 miles per hour (mph) without releasing any carbon emissions through its tailpipe.
Launched at the Paris Motor Show to celebrate 75 years of Jaguar, the C-X75 is a two-seat concept car that aims to marry high performance and iconic Jaguar design with sustainability using Range-Extended Electric Vehicle (REEV) technology.

Fully charged, the C-X75 can run with zero tailpipe emissions in electric-only mode for 68 miles, achieving a potential top speed of 205 mph. Latest REEV technology, though, enables the car to increase its range to 560 miles on a full tank, producing a CO2 emissions of just 28g/km.

A REEV runs off an electric motor, the batteries of which are recharged by a small onboard generator powered by a variety of fuels to 'extend the range' of the electric vehicle (EV).

Micro gas turbines
In the case of the C-X75, state-of-the-art, mid-mounted micro gas turbines sit at the centre of the car. These can either generate 140 kilowatt (KW) to charge the batteries and extend the range of the car or, when in 'Track’ mode, provide supplementary power directly to four electric motors, that enable the C-X75 to produce 580kW and 400 Nm (Newton meter) of torque.

In addition to its low carbon performance attributes, Jaguar has reduced the embedded carbon of the C-X75 through the lightweight aluminium construction of the car, which uses 50 per cent recycled metal.

Jaguar Land Rover said it had unveiled the C-X75 to celebrate 75 years of Jaguar design and demonstrate that it is possible to make electric vehicles that retain performance, design and luxury.

"Performance through innovation has always been a Jaguar hallmark," said Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive officer, Jaguar Land Rover. "From the beginning, cars such as the C-Type and D-Type pioneered aluminium construction, aerodynamic design, racing monocoques and disc brakes. The C-X75 demonstrates that the company is still leading the field in automotive design and technology."

Yesterday, Tata Ltd, owner of Jaguar Land Rover, announced that it was taking a minority stake in Bladon Jets, the company that built the micro gas turbines in the C-X75.

 The unveiling of the C-X75 comes as Jaguar Land Rover is embarking on a new REEV research and development project.

The car maker has begun work with Lotus and Nissan and a number of other automotive manufacturers on REEVolution, a project that is working on technologies to improve the performance of premium electric and hybrid cars. Last month, the project received £9.5 million from the Technology Strategy Board to create three REEV demonstrator vehicles.

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