Jaguar Builds Extended Range Electric XJ


Well Jag has taken the plunge—making yet another luxury auto maker to jump on the electric bandwagon. It really makes you wonder… what were all these knuckleheads doing five years ago?

Anyway, Jaguar has supposedly come up with an electric version of its new XJ sedan. The rumor mill seems pretty specific as far as rumors go, painting a picture of a car with almost 300 ft-lbs of torque and a supposed range of 600 miles in a luxury-laden sedan that weighs nearly two tons in petrol motor configuration. Since this is supposed to be an extended-range EV, it also has an on-board, petrol-powered generator motor, plus the electric motor, plus battery pack, and all that high tech stuff is gonna suck up a lot of electricity. Needless to say, I’m skeptical.

Don’t get me wrong, it is great that more automakers are throwing their hats into the electric car ring. The more ideas and talent we have, the better, but I’ve learned to temper my expectations until I see some actual proof. Supposedly this electric Jaguar has Lotus’s 47 hp, 1.2 liter three-cylinder hooked up to a lithium ion battery pack and a 145 kw electric motor. Basically, it is a British Volt, where the gas engine recharges a battery pack, and power is put to the ground through an electric motor. And a range of 600 miles mean you can do a whole lot of driving between fill-ups. While diesel Jag’s have been known to get great gas mileage, just like petrol vehicles, it is all about how you drive them. And Jaguars tend to lend themselves to a more “spirited” type of driving than your average Prius.

With the generator going, fuel economy is supposed to be around 57 mpg, while attaining a top speed of 112 mph and maintaining the agility of Jaguars that has made them so desirable in recent years. It all sounds a little too good to be true, and it probably is. Still, if Jaguar can do it, it sounds like a pretty awesome (and expensive) car.

Source: AutoCar | Image: Jaguar

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.