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The British based automaker Land Rover has officially pulled the wraps off three Concept_e research vehicles.

Despite the 2015th edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner, Land Rover wants to keep things “online” at the moment as the company has officially pulled the wraps off its new electric Drive Module (eDM) technology which is previewing a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicle. The three Concept_e research vehicles are featuring the unique modular electric drive, developed by JLR’s engineers in-house, and this has been unveiled recently at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This is a long-term Jaguar Land Rover research project exploring all aspects of future hybrid and battery electric vehicle technology. The three Concept_e vehicles will allow us to test and develop exciting new potential technologies that could form part of our low and zero emissions vision beyond 2020.”

Land Rover says that the eDM can be inserted between the engine and transmission to create a mild hybrid electric vehicle or a plug-in electric model. This can also be used by itself to give birth to a true electric model. The first one unveiled has been called the Concept_e MHEV and this is a mild hybrid based on the Range Rover Evoque, getting a 90 HP (66 kW) prototype diesel engine, along with the 48V electrical system and the 20 HP (15 kW) electric motor fitted between the 9-speed transmission and the internal combustion unit.

Next comes the Concept_e PHEV, which is nothing more than a plug-in hybrid. The model in question has been based on the Range Rover Sport and it is getting the 300 HP (220 kW) prototype petrol engine under its hood, along with an electric motor generating 204 HP (150 kW) and a lithium-ion battery. The Concept_e BEV is the third one and this is an electric model riding on the new aluminum intensive platform made by JLR. It has a 70 kWh lithium ion battery under its hood, electric drive axles with 115 HP (85 kW) electric motor on the front and a 197 HP (145 kW) electric motor in the rear. These three Concept_e vehicles are representing Land Rover’s future in crossovers and SUVs.