Jaguar Land Rover & BMW Collaborate On Electric Vehicles
The BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover have confirmed that they are collaborating to develop next generation electric vehicles that will support the advancement of the kinds of technology required to make the move to a future based on autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES).
The most sophisticated electrified technology that BMW has right now features an electric motor, power electronics and transmission in one housing. Because the electric motor doesn’t need rare earths, BMW has been able to reduce its reliance on their availability as it works to broaden its range of electrified models.
From 2020, BMW will be introducing the fifth generation of its eDrive technology with the launch of the BMW iX3 Sports Activity Vehicle, the propulsion system that future evolutions will be based on, launched together with Jaguar Land Rover.
The collaboration between the two companies means that they’ll be able to take advantage of cost efficiencies that arise from the shared development of production planning costs and future evolutions, as well as economies of scale brought about by joint purchasing.
Member of the board of management at BMW AG, Development Klaus Frohlich said: “The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation. We see collaboration as a key for 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.”
In April this year, research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) found that the number of plug-in electric vehicles on roads in the UK rose by three-quarters in 2018. At the time, there was a record 195,410 plug-in vehicles in use, reflective of the growing choice of cars now available.
Ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles rose by nearly 30 per cent last year, with more than 620,000 battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars now on the road.
Plug-in hybrids rose in popularity among both male and female motorists, rising by 98.3 per cent and 101.1 per cent respectively compared to the year before. The 10,642 battery electric cars that are owned by women make up a fifth of those on the roads in the UK, up b 31.7 per cent year on year.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes explained that manufacturers have made huge investments to help deliver a side range of different models across all types of fuel, suited to all driving needs – and as a result, environmental gains are now being seen around the country.
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