Taking Range Rover’s new P400e petrol-electric hybrid for a spin

Never mix electricity and water, we are warned from an early age. The effect can be shocking – and fatal.

But that doesn’t hold for Range Rover’s new petrol-electric hybrid which I had fun putting through its paces this week, on and off-road, and across a lake.

The car is helping the British luxury 4X4 brand shed the ‘gas-guzzler’ slur which environmentalists have thrown at it for years. What’s more, this beautifully appointed Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid has a decidedly green tinge.

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Ray Massey put Range Rover¿s new petrol-electric hybrid through its paces this week, on and off-road, and across a lake The new Range Rover hybrid combines a frugal 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine (300HP) with an 85kW electric motor, linked to a smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox The new 4x4 will drive for up to 31 miles in electric-power mode only at speeds of up to 85 mph, after which point the petrol engine kicks in One of the display systems seen in Range Rover's new 4x4 You can plug the new Range Rover in and charge it up at home. It takes two hours and 45 minutes on the fast charger, or about 7.5 hours on a domestic plug Range Rover's P400e accelerates from rest to 60mph in just 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 137mph Prices for the Range Rover plug-in hybrid start from £86,965 in Vogue trim level, up to £93,465 for the Vogue SE and £105,865 for the Autobiography Taking the plunge: Range Rover¿s new P400e hybrid can cope with 3ft of water Rays says he'll be sad to part with his diesel Honda CR-V this month after a year of sterling service Sleek: The new Aston Martin family-friendly Verekai model is to be built in Wales Sleek: The new Aston Martin family-friendly Verekai model is to be built in Wales

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Drivers face a postcode lottery when it comes to the cost of motoring, with those in the West Midlands hit hardest.

The total cost of fuel, insurance and maintenance adds up to an average of £1,944 per year, says independent car buying site Carwow. Those in the West Midlands pay £177 more than the average – £2,121 per year, followed by the North West (£2,093), and London (£2,038).

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