Published on June 6th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
BMW & Jaguar Land Rover To Build EV’s Together
Jaguar Land Rover,owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd., will cooperate on BMW’s fifth generation ofelectric drive technology, the companies said in a statement yesterday (Wednesdaythe 5th of June). It forms the backbone of a BMW electric modeloffensive set to start next year with the introduction of an electric X3 sportsutility vehicle.
Electric Drive Train
The BMW Group andJaguar Land Rover confirmed in an official statement that they are joiningforces to develop next generation electric drive units in a move that supportsthe advancement of electrification technologies necessary to transition to anACES future.
PRESS Release: TheBMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover share the same strategic vision ofenvironmentally-friendly and future-oriented electric drive technologies. TheBMW Group brings long experience of developing and producing severalgenerations of electric drive units in-house since it launched the pioneeringBMW i3 in 2013. Jaguar Land Rover has demonstrated its capability with thistechnology through the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace and its plug-in hybridmodels.
The BMW Group’smost sophisticated electrified technology to date features an electric motor,transmission and power electronics in one housing. This electric motor does notrequire rare earths, enabling the BMW Group to reduce its dependence on theiravailability as it continues to systematically broaden its range of electrifiedmodels.
Starting nextyear, the BMW Group will introduce this electric drive unit, the fifthgeneration (“Gen 5”) of its eDrive technology, with the BMW iX3 Sports ActivityVehicle. The Gen 5 electric drive unit will be the propulsion system upon whichsubsequent evolutions launched together with Jaguar Land Rover will be based.
“The automotiveindustry is undergoing a steep transformation. We see collaboration as a keyfor success, also in the field of electrification. With Jaguar Land Rover, wefound a partner whose requirements for the future generation of electric driveunits significantly match ours. Together, we have the opportunity to cater moreeffectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringingvehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market,” said KlausFröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.
The cooperationallows the BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover to take advantage of costefficiencies arising from shared development of future evolutions andproduction planning costs as well as economies of scale from joint purchasing.
A joint team ofBMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover experts located in Munich will be tasked withfurther developing the Gen 5 power units with production of the electricdrivetrains to be undertaken by each partner in their own manufacturingfacilities. Both companies will seek to adhere to their own brand-specificpropositions in any project.