Jaguar Land Rover, BMW partner to develop next generation electric drive systems


The collaboration seeks to advance development of electrification technology to support transition autonomous, connected, electric, shared (ACES) future, Jaguar Land Rover said in a statement.

For JLR this will be at its Wolverhampton-based Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC), which was confirmed as the home for the company's global EDU production in January of this year, it said.

Jaguar Land Rover is cutting 4,500 jobs from its global workforce as part of £2.5bn cost-saving programme amid falling sales in China and Europe and record losses of £3.4bn in the last three months of 2018.

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BMW said it will develop its next-generation electric motors, transmission and power electronics with Jaguar Land Rover, unveiling yet another industry alliance created to lower the costs of developing electric cars. The EDUs will also be tailored "to deliver the specific characteristics required for [each manufacturer's] respective range of products". Production of the electric drivetrains will be undertaken by each partner in their own manufacturing facilities. It says its fifth-generation eDrive technology, which will be introduced in the iX3 all-electric SUV due in showrooms next year, will be the system used as the starting point for the joint project with JLR. Ziebart is a former board member responsible for development and BMW. Working with BMW will help it tap into the German company's enormous buying power, which should help reduce the cost of the components it needs for its future electric cars. This means that the BMW Group will continue to improve its combustion engines, while also pushing forward the e-mobility strategy with both battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and investing in new technologies such as fuel-cell powertrains. JLR also has an electric vehicle, the Jaguar i-Pace, and both companies have a range of plug-in hybrid models. "It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies' requirements for next-generation EDUs (electric drive units) to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration", JLR Engineering Director Nick Rogers said.

BMW said there will be a team of BMW and Jaguar Land Rover experts based in Munich, who will work on developing the next generation electric drive units, but drivetrain production would be done separately by the companies, at their own plants.