The bosses of Range Rover have announced that a fully electric Range Rover will be available to customers in three years. They also took the wraps off the brand-new flagship 4X4.
The iconic luxury SUV can also be used to cut off roads has many fans, including the Queen and country set, aswell as Premiership footballers and captains of industry.
It will be one of six fully electric Land Rovers. This will set the stage for future battery-powered Land Rovers.
And in the wake of her recent environmental pronouncements on the state of the planet, it is likely Her Majesty and her Royal Household will be among the first – if not the first – to take delivery of the battery-powered electric Range Rover that’s truly fit for a ‘green’ Queen.
The new fifth-generation Range Rover will go from gas guzzler into eco warrior. In 2024, it will be available as an entirely-electric vehicle
Along with a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid version and – for the first time – the option of an additional two passengers with a family-friendly seven seat layout, bosses hope the ‘electrification’ of the British designed and built Range Rover off-roader will help banish forever its ‘gas-guzzler’ reputation.
The announcement that a pollution free pure electric Range Rover will be available in showrooms starting in 2024 came as the company revealed the new fifth-generation of its luxury 4X4 which was launched more than 50 years ago, in 1970.
It has been specially designed on a flexible new platform which allows engineers to power it with both electric motors and batteries, as well as more conventional petrol, diesel and hybrid propulsion, with prices starting from £94,400.
The announcement was made online worldwide from London’s Royal Opera House. We were able to view three versions of the new Range Rover at Land Rover’s engineering and design centre Gaydon in Warwickshire. The new Range Rover is being constructed at the company’s newly renovated factory in Solihull, just outside Birmingham, in West Midlands.
Although the new Range Rover’s design is described as ‘more evolutionary than revolutionary’, there are a few standout features – not least the rear styling and ‘hidden until lit’ lights, which have the brake lights in the vertical section of the dark panel and the indicators in the horizontal part.
Bosses stated that the new looks are more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the rear light cluster is a departure of previous Range Rover designs and not like any other British marque’s model.
Bosses hope that the ‘electrification of the British-designed and built Range Rover offroader will end its ‘gas-guzzler” reputation, along with a petrol-electric hybrid version and -for the first time – the option for an additional two passengers with a family friendly seven-seat layout.
The fifth-generation Range Rover continues to be in line with the SUV’s modern design. It has a slightly redesigned front bumper and a slimmer rear shape.
There are a few minor tweaks to the grille, but other than that, it is very in-keeping with modern Range Rover silhouettes.
The most important update is not the Range Rover’s acceleration toward full electric power.
The forthcoming electric version will, however, look little different on the outside – save for a few cosmetic and lighting tweaks – from the vehicle unveiled today.
The government has confirmed that new petrol and diesel cars will not be sold in the UK starting in 2030.
It was also announced that the Net Zero Strategy will include consultations by MPs on the introduction a Zero Emission Vehicle mandate in 2024. This mandate would force vehicle manufacturers into selling an increasing number of ultra-green vehicles each year.
Ray Massey, Daily Mail’s reporter, had a sneak peak at the all-new Range Rover in Gaydon before its unveiling
The Range Rover’s transition to full electric power is the most significant update. It will be available for sale starting next year with a selection of Plug-in Electric Hybrid powertrains (PHEV), before the zero emission version arrives a few years later.
Prices for launch models – which includes mild hybrid petrols and diesels, plug-in hybrids and a range-topping V8 petrol will start from £94,400 and go all the way up to almost £138,000
The combination will likely encourage auto manufacturers, especially those based locally, to accelerate plans to switch to electric engines.
Two new Range Rover plug in hybrids are the first step towards a greener Land Rover. They combine a frugal petrol engine and an electric motor and battery to increase power while reducing emissions.
They are part a line-up that includes standard and long wheel-base offroaders, mild hybrid petrol and Diesel engines, a range topping ‘old-school’ petrol V8, and the pure electric version within three years.
The first fully electric Land Rover will arrive in 2024 as a battery-only model. This will set the stage for six more fully-electric Land Rovers.
The Range Rover’s original split rear tailgate design has been preserved. There is still podium seating available for when you pull up at a regatta.
The Range Rover’s size is not small. Ray Massey, Daily Mail’s photographer, is flanked by a short and long-wheelbase versions of the new fifth-gen Range Rover.
Land Rover stated that electrification gives the ultimate impression in luxury and refinement by providing quiet, instantly available power.
“Spearheading this strategy, a pure-electric Range Rover family member will join in 2024, providing permanent zero emissions driving for first time.”
Nick Miller, Range Rover product chief, stated that the new Range Rover would be the first all-electric Land Rover.
Thierry Bollore, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive, said about his company’s electric future: “It writes the next chapter of the unique story of pioneering innovations that has been that has was a Range Rover hallmark over 50 years.”
Which Range Rover versions will be available at the launch?
The new Range Rover will come with a mild hybrid’straight 6′ cylinder 3.0-litre petrol engine (P400), 3.0-litre diesel engines(D300 and D350), as well as a range-topping P530 Twin Turbo V8 petrol (4.4-litre) from launch.
Two plug-in hybrids, the P440e & P510e will follow in January. They both feature a 3.0-litre six cylinder engine with a battery electric motor and a more powerful P510e.
Standard trim levels are: SE and HSE, Autobiography and the First Edition. A new ‘SV’ version will be available from Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations arm starting in 2022.
The SV version offers ‘executive-class comfort’ on 23-inch tires. It is available in long and narrow wheelbases, a chauffeur-style four seat configuration, a clever Club Table’ with a chiller recess to hold champagne bottles and two Dartington Crystal flutes. This is quite a showpiece.
The Range Rover’s long wheelbase Range Rover (right), is 230mm longer than the standard short-wheelbase model (left).
A new ‘SV’ version of Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations arm, which includes a four-seat chauffer model, will be added to the lineup in 2022.
The SV version will have a clever Club Table’ that can hold a champagne bottle and two Dartington Crystal flutes.
Passengers will be able to sit comfortably in power seats, with their own screens.
Prices for the new Range Rover launch models start from £94,400 for an entry-level diesel D300 short-wheelbase in entry SE trim, up to £137,800 for a five-seater long-wheelbase ‘First Edition’ model.
Pricing has not yet been announced for plug-in hybrid models, hand-crafted SV model for 2022, and the fully-electric e-Range Rover for 2024. Customers can expect a substantial mark-up for each.
Land Rover claims that the new off-roader has been tested over 620,000 miles, including laps of the Nurburgring as well as extreme desert and artic conditions.
It has also been subjected to approximately 260,000 “virtual” assessments with 125 unique patents lodged.
Jaguar Land Rover stated that the new Range Rover 4X4 has been created by more than 7 million people over five years. The vehicle will be exported to every corner of the globe.
Land Rover claims that the new off-roader has been tested for more than 620,000 miles, including laps of the terrifying Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
The Range Rover has been tested in extreme desert and artic environments to see if it can withstand these extreme conditions. It has also been subjected to over 260,000 virtual assessments, with 125 unique patents filed.
Gaydon has also assessed the car for its off-road capabilities. Some Range Rover owners have taken their vehicles off the beaten path (sometimes).
An electric Range Rover is the perfect motor for the green Queen: In the past, Her Royal Highness has often been photographed behind the wheel of Range Rovers or other Land Rover vehicles as well as being chauffeured around in them.
An electric Range Rover is the ideal vehicle for a Queen who is green
Jaguar Land Rover, Range Rover’s parent company holds Royal Warrants from HRH The Prince of Wales and HM the Queen.
They were also granted a warrant by the Duke of Edinburgh to restrain their driving until his death earlier in the year.
In the past, the Queen has been photographed behind the wheel of Range Rovers or other Land Rover vehicles. She also used them as her chauffeur.
Her Majesty is seen driving her Range Rover in the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park, May 2017.
Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory and Major General Matthew Sykes (C), accompany the Queen in her State Review Range Rover as they inspect troops of King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery’s 70th Anniversary Parade at Hyde Park on October 19, 2017.
She also made a rare public comment on the climate change crisis this week, saying that she is irritated by people who merely talk but don’t act.
During the opening of the Welsh parliament, in Cardiff, she made this pointed comment.
The 95-year-old monarch was speaking with Elin Jones, Elin’s preside officer, and the Duchess Of Cornwall when her remarks were captured on the live stream.
The Queen spoke of the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow, which she along with other senior royals, will attend. She said, “Extraordinary! I’ve heard all about Cop… but still don’t know who’s coming…
‘We only know of people who aren’t coming… It’s annoying when they talk but don’t do.
Her Majesty is believed be sharing concerns in government about who will attend Cop26. This is after Boris Johnson was warned by China’s President Xi not to be there in person.
The remarks were a rare public insight into the politically neutral – and tight-lipped – monarch’s personal views on an issue of global importance.
She used her Christmas speech in 2019 to praise young climate activists and their senses of purpose.
She also introduced eco-friendly initiatives at Buckingham Palace, other royal residences, such as monitoring energy consumption through a network smart meters, installing energy efficient LED lighting where possible, and using combined heat, power plants, and boilers to convert natural gases into electricity.
She was a mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during World War II. She is also an avid enthusiast about automotive matters. She is allowed early access and secret access to the latest models and technology, and she has demonstrated them before they are officially unveiled. This includes vehicles being considered or joining the royal fleet at Buckingham Palace and Windsor.
Prince Charles, a long-standing environmentalist, was also the first to witness the secret development Jaguar’s all electric i-Pace car. He was then driven and photographed with it.
He was also the first to see Jaguar Land Rover’s pioneering work in electric and autonomous vehicles at Warwick University.
In July 2013 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge memorably brought home the newly-born Prince George from St Mary’s Hospital to Kensington Palace in a then new Range Rover – complete with Isofix fittings for the first-time used child seat – and with Prince William at the wheel.
Widely photographed and filmed, the SE Vogue model powered by a 4.4-litre V8 diesel engine which develops 334bhp – giving it a 0-62mph time of just 6.5 seconds – was made available to the young couple for their personal use by Land Rover’s VIP Department.
That very vehicle – having been decommissioned from the royal fleet but maintaining the same number place – sold at auction for £50,625 – double the value of what the car would have been worth without the Duke and Duchess connection.