Land Rover Range Rover Velar Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Land Rover Range Rover velar Plug-In Hybrid SUV
Price: € 88,339
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 17.1 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 52 km
Tailpipe emissions: 57 - 49g (CO2/km)

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Range Rover Velar PHEV

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 blue chip, India headquartered company is a leading player in the automotive sector via its Tata Motors subsidiary based in Mumbai. Tata acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Company in 2008. JLR continues to conduct its operations from Coventry in the United Kingdom.

Range Rover electric vehicles (EVs) include:

The Land Rover Range Rover Velar (simply known as Range Rover Velar) luxury SUV was unveiled in London in early 2017. The Velar is the fourth model in the Range Rover SUV line-up. Deliveries commenced in late 2017. The SUV is now also available as a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) and a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV). Land Rover has not announced a date for the introduction of the pure electric Velar SUV.

If a roofline closer to a coupé style is your thing, then the Range Rover Velar is a more compelling choice, than the more traditionally styled roofline of the Range Rover Sport. With the availability of the plug-in hybrid drivetrain for the Velar, the SUV has advanced its attractiveness, for both families and company-car drivers keen on lowering the cost of motoring.

The Velar PHEV combines a 2.0-litre (4-cylinder) turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor. The automotive manufacturer claims a fuel economy up to 2.2 l/ 100 km for the electric vehicle (EV). Of course, the real-world fuel economy will depend on a number of factors, but none as influential as using the e-mode. Bottom-line, to increase the fuel economy of the electric vehicle and lower the driving costs, the PHEV should be driven as much as possible on the pure electric mode.

Given the WLTP certified emission-free range is 52 km, and most commutes are short, there is much scope for taking advantage of electric driving to save money. The PHEV has a 17.1 kWh onboard EV battery, which is reasonably standard for a PHEV of this size. However, expect the real-world emission-free electric range to be closer to 40 km. The EV range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, load, regenerative braking, road conditions, weather, wheel size and a lot more.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charging station, like myenergi zappi to charge the EV. We do not encourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug.

The EV is capable of DC charging up to 32 kW DC (0%-80%: 30 minutes). Do keep in mind that most PHEVs are not capable of DC rapid charging. Charging the EV (0% – 80%) using a single-phase EV charger will take up to one hour and 40 minutes. Of course, if you top up on a regular basis, the charging time will be faster. The EV incorporates a 7 kW AC onboard charger. Land Rover offers a warranty up to 6 years or 100,000 km.

The performance of the all-wheel drive electric SUV is good, despite the additional weight of the onboard EV battery. The Range Rover Velar P400e PHEV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, with a top speed up to 209 km/h. The drivetrain delivers a maximum power of 404 HP (torque: 640 Nm), sufficient for city and motorway driving.

As can be expected from a premium priced SUV, the Velar plug-in hybrid offers a high quality interior, with a good level of standard safety features and technology. These include: 10″ touchscreen, Pivi Pro with connected navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, rear camera, lane keep assist, driver condition monitor, dynamic stability control, roll stability control and more. The EV has been awarded Five-Stars for the NCAP safety rating.

In terms of practicality, the roofline does impact the available headroom for rear seat passengers. Nevertheless, the inside cabin is spacious. The boot space is also impacted by the placement of the EV battery and offers up to 440 L.

The claimed tailpipe emissions of the PHEV is up to 57g (CO2/km). Though higher than some other PHEVs, still lower compared to the conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) variant. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

A luxurious and good looking PHEV SUVExpensive, specially at the higher trim levels
DC charging compatibleEV battery capacity small and limited electric range
Running on electric mode is cheapHeadroom for rear centre seat could be better


Range Rover Velar Plug-In Hybrid (credit: Land Rover)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV
Engine:Petrol/ Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (5 Options)
Velar S (from € 88,339)
R-Dynamic S (from € 91,063)
R-Dynamic SE (from € 95,072)
R-Dynamic HSE (from € 102,654)
Velar Edition (from € 101,392)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.1 kWh
Charging:32 kW DC charging (0% – 80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0% – 80%: 1hr 40 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:57 – 49g (CO2/km)
Warranty:6 years or 100,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

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)
  • Note 1: SoC: state-of-charge

Height (mm):1683
Width (mm):2041
Length (mm):4797
Wheelbase (mm):2874
Turning Circle (m):12
Boot Space (L):440

Velar P400e PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:17.1 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):52 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):218.6
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km):2.2
Charging:32 kW DC charging (0% – 80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0% – 80%: 1hr 40 mins)
Top Speed:209 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):404
Torque (Nm):640
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,233
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Ireland: EV Market Overview

As is the case in a number of global markets, to include, the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In 2022, a total of 23,356 new electric cars were registered in Ireland. BEVs commanded the highest market share (67.13%), between the different types of electric cars, with PHEVs commanding just over 30% market share. The majority of the plug-in hybrids registered were petrol plug-in hybrids, with only very few diesel plug-in hybrids registered.

We can expect this trend to continue, given the significant increase in electric range, affordability and choice of pure electric cars in Ireland. Top EV brands in Ireland in 2022: Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, BMW and Volvo. Other popular electric car brands include: Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot and Audi.

In January 2023, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for over 20% of all new cars registered in Ireland. A total of 3,674 BEVs and 1,900 PHEVs were registered. The all-electric IONIQ 5 was the best-selling EV in Ireland in January 2023.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed€100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to€5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.

Top 5 Electric Cars (2022) Market Share (%)
Volkswagen ID.412.77%
Hyundai IONIQ 54.99%
Tesla Model 34.47%
Kia EV64.09%
Volkswagen ID.33.96%

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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 large-scale 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 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 has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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