Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group confirmed they are joining forces to develop next generation Electric Drive Units (EDU). It is a move that will support the advancement of electrification technologies.
The collaboration will build on the expertise from both the companies’ electrification technologies. Jaguar has the I-Pace to its case – a car that demonstrates the company’s caliber and has won the World Car of the Year award – 2019. BMW, on the other hand brings to the table – the experience of building several generation of Electric Drive Units ever since it launched the BMW i3.
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. 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.”
This agreement will allow both the companies to benefit from shared R&D and Production. It will also help them in economies of scale arising from joint procurement across the group. The EDU’s will be manufactured by each partner at their production facilities. For JLR, it will be the Wolverhampton-based Engine Manufacturing Centre. The plant, which employs 1600 people, will be the centre for propulsion systems manufacturing. It offers the full flexibility of producing electric powertrains, and Internal combustion engines.
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