We take Allbirds’ Tim Brown for a spin in Range Rover’s new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle

If you didn’t already know Tim Brown’s name from being the co-founder of eco-friendly footwear brand, Allbirds, you might recognise it from one of the covers of our Heroes issue earlier this year.

Tim Brown is an innovator in the truest sense of the word. His company was recently reportedly valued at around US$1billion, and the products he creates continue to redefine the environmental potential of footwear.

So, it was in the same kind of environmentally-aware spirit that we invited Brown, on his last visit back to open New Zealand’s first Allbirds store (the Kiwi now calls San Francisco home) to come for a ride with us in Range Rover’s own innovative answer to carbon emissions — its new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

The car is a beautiful combination of Range Rover’s signature sleek aesthetic and all the expected inner-workings of a hybrid vehicle so that lovers of the marque can keep the style they love while working to reduce their wider environmental impact.

On one overnight charge, this car will deliver around 51 kilometres of entirely electric driving and a smooth, silent ride. And it can take as little as seven-and-a-half hours to recharge the vehicle (depending on your power supply) with a home charging cable. On longer journeys, the two motors in this Range Rover will work together to produce just 72g/km of CO2 emissions — making it the acclaimed marque’s most fuel-efficient yet.

See more of the Range Rover’s impressive interior features and hear what Tim Brown had to say about his journey in business, when our Editor-in-Chief, Claire Sullivan-Kraus, invited him for a ride along Auckland’s beautiful waterfront.


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