Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover and Munich-based BMW Group have confirmed that the two companies will work together to develop next generation electric drive units (EDUs) that will support the two companies’ overarching technology advancements to autonomous, connected, electric and shared (ACES) mobility solutions of the future.
While JLR has already developed a pure electric SUV, the Jaguar i-pace and other plug-in hybrid cars, BMW Group is known for having developed several generations of the EDU since it first launched the i3 model in 2013.
The strategic collaboration will build on the considerable knowledge and expertise in electrification at both companies. The agreement will enable both companies to take advantage of efficiencies arising from shared research and development and production planning as well as economies of scale from joint procurement across the supply chain, JLR said in an official statement.
A team of Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group experts will co-engineer the EDUs involving both partners developing systems for their respective vehicle model-based requirements. The production of these co-developed EDUs will be carried out by each partner at their respective manufacturing plants.
JLR’s Wolverhampton-based Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) is confirmed for production of the company’s global EDU requirements. The said facility, which employs 1,600 people, will be the production unit for vehicle propulsion systems involving petrol and diesel engines and the electric drivetrains. JLR had recently announced a battery assembly center at Hams Hall, near Birmingham, UK. The battery center will be the mother plant supplying electrified powertrain systems to Jaguar Land Rover's global vehicle plants.
Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director said: "The transition to ACES 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 electric cars and 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."