Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have today (5th June) announced that they’re embarking on a partnership that aims to develop the next generation of autonomous electric vehicles. Issued in a statement, the companies have said that the new collaboration will help them to share expertise and create affordable and sustainable future vehicles.
The main focus of the partnership will be to develop and manage the future transition to ‘ACES’ – autonomous, connected, electric, shared mobility. In their statement, the companies noted that they will accomplish this through a joint investment in research and development, engineering and procurement.
Talking of the new alliance, BMW and JLR stated:
“The strategic collaboration will build on the considerable knowledge and expertise in electrification at both companies.
“Jaguar Land Rover has demonstrated its leading technical capability in bringing the world’s first premium battery electric SUV to market - the 2019 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE, as well as plug-in hybrid models; and BMW Group bringing vast experience of developing and producing several generations of electric drive units in-house since it launched the BMW i3 in 2013.”
According to the statement, initial talks between BMW and JLR have highlighted that both companies require a next generation electric drive unit (EDU) and both have a significant overlap when it comes to the requirements of that EDU. For that reason, it seems the first development to come from the partnership will be an all-new electric powertrain.
This EDU will be manufactured by each of the companies at their own production facilities and will probably be modified and developed in such a way that it perfectly fits the model range of each individual partner.
So far, both BMW and JLR have proven with their standalone electric and hybrid vehicles that they are industry leaders; with BMW adopting the technology early in 2013 with the i3 and Jaguar Land Rover hitting the ground running with their recent IPACE.
Due to their respective past efforts, the thought of these two companies working together certainly has us excited.