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. BMW said the firms "share the same strategic vision of environmentally-friendly and future-oriented electric drive technologies".
The huge financial effort needed to develop electric and autonomous cars is pushing vehicle manufacturers to work together as much as possible - such was the justification given by Fiat-Chrysler and Renault for their own recent announcement to team up, although as of today it appears that deal has fallen through. It's expanding its main factory in Dingolfing, Germany, to produce battery packs for its upcoming models, with cells from a supplier. Now the BMW brand's sole battery-powered model is the i3 hatchback.
BMW and Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday said they will jointly develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics, unveiling yet another industry alliance created to lower the costs of developing electric cars.
While a joint team of JLR and BMW Group experts will engineer the EDUs, both partners will develop the systems to deliver the specific characteristics required for their respective range of products, JLR said.
Although the Munich-based BMW has been working on electric vehicle technology for six years already, JLR who are now owned by the Indian Tata, has been selling its all-electric Jaguar i-Pace for just six months.
BMW has been developing an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in one housing that it calls "Gen 5" of its "eDrive" technology.
"The transition to ACES represents the greatest technological shift in the automotive industry in a generation". Jaguar Land Rover plans to use its Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, while BMW hasn't confirmed where it'll assemble the components.
Ziebart is a former board member responsible for development and BMW. "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". 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.