JLR and BMW to co-develop electric vehicles
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and BMW Group will work together to develop powertrains for future electric cars.
The companies will collaborate on the development of Electric Drive Units (EDU), which includes electric motors and the electronics required to control and operate them.
Future models from both companies are likely to be powered by the same shared drivetrains, although each brand is expected to manufacture the systems at their own facilities and to their own bespoke requirements.
Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering director, said: “The transition to ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared) represents the greatest technological shift in the automotive industry in a generation. The pace of change and consumer interest in electrified vehicles is gathering real momentum and it’s essential we work across industry to advance the technologies required to deliver this exciting future.
“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.”
Starting next year, the BMW Group will introduce its fifth generation EDU in the iX3. It will be the propulsion system upon which subsequent evolutions launched together with Jaguar Land Rover will be based.