Executive Director and chief engineer of Jaguar Land Rover, Nick Rogers said Automotive News that the issue of the big crossover on electric may be impractical due to too heavy batteries, a large aerodynamic resistance and, as a consequence, small reserve.
Jaguar Land Rover believe that the “pure” electric vehicles can be ineffective above certain dimensions of the vehicle. Rogers believes that in order to create a large Range Rover SUV with zero emission, you should pay attention to the cars running on fuel cells.
Position Rogers explains that the Land Rover engineers are reluctant to transfer line patterns on a clean electric, limited production plug-in hybrids. However, the chief engineer of Jaguar Land Rover recognises that vehicles on fuel cells will be the future only if the hydrogen will learn to synthesize with the use of renewable energy. Existing plants that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, work on electricity.
Today the development of power installations based on fuel cells, among others, do BMW together with Toyota. In 2022, the Bavarian concern plans to release the first batch of X5 and X7 SUV running on hydrogen fuel.
In the summer, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW announced their collaboration in the development of fully electric vehicles, but it is possible that the partnership will go beyond electric vehicles, and corporations in the future will work together to create vehicles on hydrogen.
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