Land Rover stops selling two key hybridsOctober 15, 2020
The British company Land Rover has announced that it will abandon the Evoque and Discovery Sport P300e models.
Land Rover has suspended sales of two key hybrids as the automaker is working to change the emission classification for both vehicles. Land Rover’s websites in the UK and Germany indicate that the Evoque and Discovery Sport P300e plug-in hybrids are “not currently available to order”.
The British brand has been forced to raise the reported CO2 emissions of the SUVs above the initial levels promised when they went on sale in April.
“Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not yet able to deliver the previously reported best combined WLTP performance,” Land Rover said in a statement.
Land Rover previously stated that the Evoque P300e’s CO2 emissions are just 32 grams per km, while the Discovery Sport P300e has just 36 grams per km. The company says the lowest-emission model has 44 g / km and an electric range of 43 km. The automaker declined to say which specific model reaches those levels.
“As the business emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, work continues to deliver increased electric range and lower CO2 emissions,” a Land Rover spokesman said, adding that the two SUVs “remain at the forefront of the segment.” in terms of range and efficiency.
According to the company, the renewal of orders is scheduled for October 26.
The sales halt was a blow to Jaguar Land Rover, which hoped SUVs would help reduce the carmaker’s CO2 emissions below the 132g / km limit to avoid EU penalties this year. Evoque and Discovery Sport are the two best-selling JLR models in Europe.
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