Land Rover has showed off some alternative, environmentally friendly technologies that it expects to incorporate into its vehicles soon. The Land-e concept includes environmental technologies that feature a function that slows the engine to a stop when the vehicle comes to a halt. The vehicle then restarts automatically — quickly and smoothly — when the driver pushes the pedal. At low speeds, the vehicle also uses a 100 percent emission-free electric rear drive.
While off-road, both mechanical and electric power feeds all four wheels. This hybrid system is designed to improve the vehicle's capabilities, as electric engines produce good low end torque and can supplement the low down power of gasoline engines. The vehicle gets greater fuel economy from the automatically disconnecting Powershift gearbox. Land-e also incorporates Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which is designed to optimize on-road fuel economy even further.
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