The Land Rover Discovery Sport Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Land Rover Discovery Sport Plug-In Hybrid SUV India
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 15 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 36 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 44 g


Electric Cars: The Basics


For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:

For those keen on an overview of the Indian electric vehicle (EV) market and the benefits of zero-emission electric driving, simply scroll down to the end of the article!


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The Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV SUV


Land Rover is an iconic British brand, famed globally for its off-road and four-wheel drive vehicles. Land Rover is owned by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automotive PLC, a leading luxury vehicle manufacturer with a distinctive reputation of being British and iconic. However the automotive company is now owned by the leading Indian industrial conglomerate, the Tata Group.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been a best-selling model for JLR. The luxury SUV was introduced in 2014 to replace the Freelander compact SUV. The Discovery Sport is part of the third generation of SUVs from the British automotive manufacturer. The SUV is now also available as a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) and a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV).

The conventional combustion engine Discovery Sport family SUV has been popular for a good reason i.e. the enhanced practicality with the seven-seats. However, due to the placement of the onboard EV battery, the Discovery Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, is limited to five-seats. Despite this loss of practicality, the PHEV variant makes up with its increased environmental credentials and better fuel economy, compared to the pure combustion engine variant.

The Discovery Sport plug-in offers an emission-free range up to 36 miles (WLTP certified), and incorporates a 15 kWh onboard EV battery. Both the range and EV battery size are typical of EVs of this type, however, the newest PHEVs have started to offer a larger EV battery i.e. more electric range.

Having said that, the claimed 36 miles, even adjusted for real-world driving, will be more than sufficient for most daily driving needs. Expect a real-world range closer to 30 miles. By leveraging the advantage of the cheaper cost of driving on electric mode (5 pence per mile) and improving the overall efficiency of the electric vehicle (EV), families can save substantial money on commuting.

Land Rover claims a fuel economy up to 176.0 mpg. However, to achieve anything close to this claimed economy, driving on the zero-emission e-mode on a regular basis is imperative. Of course, if you drive mostly on the motorway and need to call on the internal combustion engine (ICE) for most of your driving, the advantage of driving a plug-in hybrid EV is substantially reduced and the cost of motoring increased!

To leverage the benefits of electric driving, having a fully charged EV battery is imperative. The Sport PHEV can be charged up to 32 kW DC charging: 0-80%: 30 minutes. Do keep in mind that not all plug-in electric cars are capable of DC rapid charging. In all probability, on most occasions, the EV will be charged overnight at home (AC charging).

We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charger for home charging. The PHEV can be charged up to 80% in 2 hours. The electric SUV incorporates a 7 kW onboard EV charger. We also recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to EV charging. This way, the electric miles can be used more often, and regular topping up of the EV battery is beneficial for the long-term health of the EV battery. Land Rover offers a 6 years or 60,000 miles warranty for the EV battery.

In terms of performance, the all-wheel drive Land Rover Discover Sport P300e Sport PHEV is decent. The EV pairs a 1.5-litre petrol combustion engine with an electric motor. Despite the size and weight (2,168 kg) of the EV, acceleration is good: 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and a 130 mph top speed (maximum power (HP): 309/ torque (Nm): 540). The drive is refined and in e-mode the ride quality is even better and quieter!

The EV has much to offer in terms of practicality. For a start, the five-seat interior cabin is spacious and high quality. There is ample headroom and legroom for all occupants, and the visibility from the vehicle is good. Moreover the driver seat is well positioned, enabling an ‘easy-to-drive’ large family SUV experience. In terms of boot space, the EV offers up to 963 L, which is certainly very generous.

The EV has a good level of standard kit on offer, to include: Pivi Pro with connected navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 10″ touchscreen, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, lane keep assist, rear camera, adaptive cruise control, roll stability control, dynamic stability control, powered tailgate, keyless entry and more.

The tailpipe emissions for the PHEV are 44g CO2/km. For the conventional combustion engine variant, tailpipe emissions are as high as 211g CO2/km. Do keep in mind, the lower the tailpipe emissions, the less polluted is the local air quality, and on EV mode, the tailpipe emissions are zero. Bottom-line, plug in electric cars are good for the environment and wallet!


PROS CONS
Practical and spaciousFuel economy not as good as some rivals
Comfortable drive and good off-road capabilitySeven seats not an option for the PHEV variant
Running on electric mode is cheapLimited electric range

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The Land Rover Discovery Sport Plug-In Hybrid (credit:JLR)


Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. As an example, in India, filling a full tank of fuel for the internal combustion engine (ICE) Tata Nexon SUV will cost up to Rs 5,000 (assuming an average cost per litre of Rs 100. The Tata Nexon has a fuel tank capacity of 44 L).

In comparison, the Tata Nexon Pure Electric SUV will cost less than Rs 300 for a full EV battery charge (EV Battery size: 30.2 kWh). In India, the average cost for residential electricity is between Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kWh(unit). Therefore the cost to drive per km (or mile) in a pure electric vehicle is substantially lower than a petrol or diesel vehicle.

At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant!


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Engine:Electric/ Petrol (P300e AWD Automatic PHEV)
Available In India:No

Trims (2 Options)
DISCOVERY SPORT R-DYNAMIC SE
DISCOVERY SPORT R-DYNAMIC HSE

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (15 kWh)
Charging:32 kW DC charging: 0-80%: 30 minutes. On board charger: 7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:44g (CO2/km)
Warranty:6 years or 60,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1727
Width (mm):2069
Length (mm):4597
Wheelbase (mm):2741
Turning Circle (m):12.3
Boot Space (L):963

P300e AWD Automatic PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):36 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):209.6
Fuel Consumption (mpg):176
Charging:32 kW DC charging: 0-80%: 30 minutes. On board charger: 7 kW AC
Top Speed:130 mph
0-60 mph:6.2 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):309
Torque (Nm):540
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,168
Colours:12
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

India Electric Vehicle (EV) Market


India, like many other countries, is well positioned to benefit from the shift to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving. Road transportation is a major contributor to air pollution (over 30%), choking our towns, cities and villages across India. Diesel vehicles, in particular, diesel trucks and diesel buses, are significant sources for tailpipe emissions. But given the rise in the standard of living, since liberalisation, the demand for privately owned passenger cars has increased at an unprecedented pace, further worsening the air quality. India has more than 3 crores (30 million) cars releasing tailpipe emissions on its roads!

Though we have seen some improvements in air quality during the ongoing pandemic (as a result of lower vehicle traffic), India’s shift to electric driving will be key in achieving long-term higher air quality. Of course, apart from EVs, the continued development of green and renewable energy infrastructure will be key in achieving lower long-term air pollution. India has already demonstrated global leadership in regards to large-scale solar and wind projects! Hopefully, India will replicate the success with zero-emission electric vehicles.

Despite recent announcements and support from local and national government agencies in India, the EV market is still at a nascent stage, well, at least in terms of electric cars and electric vans. Two-wheel electric scooters and three-wheel electric rickshaws (e-rickshaws) have demonstrated a strong uptake, and India is poised to become a global leader in electric scooters and electric rickshaws (e-tuk). In fact, the ubiquitous e-rickshaw commands an impressive 83% of the Indian electric vehicle market. India currently has over 15 lakhs (1.5 million) e-rickshaws, with each EV playing a role in reducing tailpipe emissions on our roads in India.

Sales of passenger electric cars is still at an early stage. In FY2021, though the market witnessed a growth of nearly 110% from the previous year, the absolute volume of cars sold was only 5,905 electric cars. Currently there are less that 15 pure electric car models available on sale in India.

Tata Motors, the biggest automotive manufacturer in India has launched the Tata Nexon electric SUV. Mahindra Electric, another leading Indian automotive manufacturer, has also launched a number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), to include, the Mahindra eVerito electric car, Mahindra eSupro electric van and Mahindra e2o Plus compact electric car. International manufacturers, like UK based MG Motors, have also launched the MG ZS electric SUV in India. Also available are the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV and the Hyundai Kona electric SUV.


Benefits Of Electric Driving


The benefits of electric driving are many, with significant advantageous over petrol and diesel internal combustion (ICE) engine cars, for all stakeholders. These benefits include:

  • Lower to zero-tailpipe emissions
  • Lower running costs
  • Lower taxes
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Lower noise pollution
  • Convenience of charging at home
  • Smoother drive
  • Instant torque for acceleration
  • Lower environmental impact

Below we have highlighted three of our favourite benefits of owning and driving an electric car.


Improved Air Quality


Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) or all-electric vehicles do not have tailpipe pollution. In fact, such electric cars do not even have a tailpipe! Zero-emission electric driving has a real and immediate impact on local air quality i.e. improving air quality. While, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have reduced tailpipe pollution compared to traditional petrol and diesel vehicles. The sooner we migrate to electric driving in India, the sooner we can improve air quality for all our cities, towns and villages. Lower air pollution will also result in a reduced number of health issues arising from inhaling toxic pollutants.


Lower Maintenance & Running Costs


Electric vehicles (EVs) are cheaper to maintain and drive. Pure electric cars have far fewer moving parts compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The fewer the moving parts, the lower the probability of repair and maintenance. Moreover charging an electric car can cost as little Rs 50 per 100 kilometres! A full charge can cost between Rs 100 and Rs 200. Significantly cheaper than filling a tank of petrol or diesel!


Lower Noise Pollution


Yes, we in India are far more resilient to noise pollution than those living in the western world. We have certainly got used to horns blaring and engines roaring, day and night. But that does not mean we enjoy or welcome noise pollution. In fact, quite the opposite!

Though much focus has been on the advantageous of ‘air quality’ with an electric car, just as important, is the benefit of lower noise pollution. In fact, pure electric cars are silent, with an inbuilt ‘sound booster’ to increase road safety for pedestrians. As our cities in India and across the world become densely populated with cars, the significant negative impact on ‘quality of life’ as a result of increased noise pollution from petrol and diesel vehicles, is just as dangerous, as increased air pollution. Battery-electric cars are a perfect solution in reducing noise pollution and increasing the living standards for us all. Of course, one can only hope that the self inflicted ‘horn blaring’ pollution will also reduce!


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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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