BMW and JLR partner to develop new EV drive tech

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have announced that the two manufacturing groups will work together to develop next-generation electric vehicle technology.

The partnership will see BMW and JLR work on new electric drive units, with both firms already well established as electric vehicle manufacturers.

BMW's i3/i3s leads its pure-electric portfolio, with Jaguar represented by its I-Pace. In terms of plug-in hybrids, there are a large number of models built by the two groups, including PHEV versions of BMW's 3 Series, 5 Series, X5, and i8, while JLR has both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Both companies have plans for further pure-electric and PHEV models in the near future.

The power units will be built in-house by each group, but there will be a joint team based in Munich tasked with developing the next generation systems further, plus each group will benefit from improved efficiencies in terms of shared development, production costs, and economies of scale from joint purchasing.

Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director added: "We've proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products.

"It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies' requirements for next generation EDUs to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration."

Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, said: "The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation. We see collaboration as a key for success, also in the field of electrification.

"With Jaguar Land Rover, we found a partner whose requirements for the future generation of electric drive units significantly match ours. Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market."

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:5th Jun 2019

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