Jaguar and BMW: a new generation of electric propulsion systems

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group today confirmed the joining of their respective forces for the development of the next generation of Electric Drive Units (EDU). The collaboration will support the advancement of electrification technologies as a fundamental step as the automotive industry moves toward an ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared) future.

The strategic collaboration will leverage the substantial electrification knowledge and expertise of both companies. JaguarLand Rover has demonstrated its excellent technical capabilities by entering the market of plug-in hybrid models and above all the world's first battery-electric SUVor the Jaguar I-PACE, voted World Car of the Year 2019. Since the launch of the i3 in 2013, the BMW Group has demonstrated extensive experience in the development and production of numerous generations of units electrics built in-house.

Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director Nick Rogers said: “The shift to ACES mobility represents the largest technological and generational shift in the automotive industry. The pace of change and consumer interest in electric vehicles is rapidly increasing and it is essential that we can all work together to advance the technologies needed to realize this exciting future. ”

The agreement will allow both companies to benefit from returns from shared R&D and planned production, as well as economies of scale from joint purchasing throughout the supply chain.

Electric Drive Units (EDU)

A team of experts from Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group will design EDUs for both brands, developing systems that deliver the specific technical features required for their respective product ranges.

The EDUs will be assembled by each partner in its own manufacturing facilities. For Jaguar Land Rover, this will happen in its Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Center (EMC) which, in January this year, had been confirmed as the production site for all of the company's EDUs. The factory, in which 1,600 people work, will be the production center for the various propulsion systems and is able to offer complete flexibility in the construction of clean engines. Ingenuity, both diesel and gasoline, and some electric units. The EMC will be complemented by the new Battery assembly center at Hams Hallnear Birmingham, which supplies electrified drive systems to assembly plants JaguarLand Rover.

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