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Jaguar Land Rover and BMW team up to develop EV tech

Published 05 June 2019

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a collaboration with BMW, which will see the two firms developing electric car technology together.

As part of the deal, the two carmakers will develop new generation electric drive units (EDUs) that will be manufactured by each partner at their own production facilities.

BMW has already developed several generations of electric drive units in-house since it launched the BMW i3 in 2013. 

BMW is set to launch an electric version of its X3 SUV later this year, using the fifth-generation of its eDrive technology. This groups together the electric motor, transmission and power electronics into a new, separate electric drive component. 

The eDrive system has a battery with more than 70kWh, providing a range of up to 249 miles. It'll be available to support 150kW fast charging, meaning drivers can charge to 80 per cent in around half an hour. This is on a par with the likes of the Audi e-tron, although it's not as quick to charge at the upcoming Porsche Taycan - which will be able to handle 350kW charging.

At this stage, it isn't clear if Jaguar Land Rover will get access to BMW's latest battery and electric motor tech. 

Aside from the EDUs, both companies will benefit from increased economies of scale - which could save car buyer's money. Essentially, by buying electric vehicle components in bulk, JLR and BMW will be able buy them cheaper - savings which will then be passed onto customers.

Comments

aleng    on 5 June 2019

350 kW is serious power - over 500 amps/phase on a 3 phase 400 volt supply. It will need industrial scale installations to support many of these!

mmmmm    on 5 June 2019

350 kW is serious power - over 500 amps/phase on a 3 phase 400 volt supply. It will need industrial scale installations to support many of these!

If that is what is required, then that is what will be provided, after all no point in developing the former without developing the latter!. Why does your post even hint that these two directly related requirements, would not be addressed together?.

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