JLR and BMW to collaborate


JLR and BMW Join Forces to Develop Electric Cars

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JLR and BMW to collaborate


  • JLR and BMW have announced that they are joining forces on the development of electric car technology to be used in the next generation of electric vehicles.

  • Andy Allan, Senior Consultant at Morson International comments on the collaboration, providing an insight into what it could mean for the automotive industry. 

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group have announced that they are joining forces on the development of electric car technology to be used in the next generation of electric vehicles.

The companies will collaborate on the development of Electric Drive Units (EDU), which includes electric motors and the electronics required to control and operate them. The move will support the advancement of electrification technologies, a central part of the automotive industry’s transition to an ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared) future.

Both companies have experience in developing EV technology; Jaguar Land Rover has delivered the world’s first premium battery-powered electric SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, along with developing several plug-in hybrid models. BMW Group has developed and produced several generations of electric drive units in-house since it launched the BMW i3 in 2013.

Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover’s Engineering Director, said:

“The transition to ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared) 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.”

“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.”

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Next year, BMW Group will introduce a new electric drive unit, the fifth generation (“Gen 5”) of its eDrive technology, with the BMW iX3 Sports Activity Vehicle. The Gen 5 electric drive unit will be the propulsion system upon which subsequent evolutions launched together with Jaguar Land Rover will be based.

Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development said:

“The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation. We see collaboration as a key to success, also in the field of electrification. With Jaguar Land Rover, we found a partner whose requirements for the future generation of electric drive units significantly match ours. Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market.”

It is believed that the partnership will bring cost efficiencies for both parties and the EDUs will be manufactured by each company in their own production facilities.

Commenting on the collaboration, Andy Allan, Senior Consultant at Morson International said:

“I think JLR and BMW collaborating is great news for the industry. With the advancements in battery electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell technology there is added pressure to manufacture the battery units. However, the current market is already limited, and high prices have almost forced these collaborations. It had to happen due to the huge expense involved to produce EDU’s (Electric Drive Units), coupled with the increasingly restrictive regulations (rightly so) to protect our environment. These collaborations should see some great brands continue to be produced, which in turn, should see an improvement within the automotive recruitment industry as a whole.”

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