Jaguar and BMW Announce Collaboration
Jaguar Land Rover and BMW are joining forces to develop the next generation of electric drive systems.
Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group announced a collaboration to develop the next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) to support the transition to an ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared) future through the advancement of electrification technologies.
The companies will share their knowledge and expertise of electrification; Jaguar Land Rover brought the world’s first premium battery-electric SUV–the Jaguar I-PACE–to market, alongside plugin models, and BMW Group has developed and produced several generations of electric drive units in-house since the launch of its BMW i3 in 2013.
“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 the industry to advance the technologies required to deliver this exciting future,” explains Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director.
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These days, alliances are becoming increasing common in the auto industry. The collaborations are viewed as a solution to boost research programs and reduce costs associated with building new technology, including electric powertrains and driverless platforms. Leveraging such strategy are two well-established car brands that recently formed a collaboration: BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.
BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have announced they are tying the knot on power-train technology – but their offspring won’t have a growl. The luxury auto icons will be developing the next generation of drive units for their electric cars, the latest collaboration between rival automakers as they move to Autos 2.0 – or ACES as the joint venture puts it, shorthand for Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared Vehicles.
Jaguar Land Rover and BMW announced on Wednesday that they will form an alliance to build the unique parts, beyond the battery, that make up an electric vehicle. The effort will focus on electric drive units (EDUs), including motors, transmissions and power electronics, such as motor controllers.