BMW, JLR join forces for electric drivetrains

June 05, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMW, JLR join forces for electric drivetrains
Bavarian carmaker BMW and its British-Indian counterpart in terms of sporty-luxurious vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), plan to join forces to develop the next generation of electric drives. With this move, BMW intends to give new impetus to the further development of electrification technologies.

A BMW Group press release states that BMW and JLR share the strategic vision of environmentally friendly and future-oriented electric drive technologies. The BMW Group also has extensive experience in the field of e-mobility through the independent development and production of several generations of e-drives since the market launch of the future-oriented and fully electric BMW i3 in 2013. Jaguar Land Rover has demonstrated its expertise in this technology with the introduction of the Jaguar I-Pace and its plug-in hybrid models.

The BMW Group's most advanced electrical technology to date includes an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a single housing. This electric machine is characterised by the fact that it does not require rare earths. This enables the company to reduce its dependence on such materials.

Next year, BMW plans to introduce the fifth generation ("Gen 5") of its eDrive technology with the BMW iX3 Sports Activity Vehicle. The Gen 5 electric drive unit is the system on which future developments introduced together with JLR will be based.

"The automotive industry is undergoing a profound transformation. We see cooperation as a key to success - also in the field of electrification," says BMW's press release. “With Jaguar Land Rover, the company has found a partner with similar requirements for the future generation of electric drives.”

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