The BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover have confirmed that they are joining forces to develop next generation electric drive units.
The development will support the advancement of electrification technologies necessary to transition to an autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES) future.
The BMW Group say that it shares the same strategic vision of environmentally-friendly and future-oriented electric drive technologies as Jaguar Land Rover.
Starting next year, the BMW Group will introduce this 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, ‘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.’
The cooperation aims to allow the BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover to take advantage of cost efficiencies arising from shared development of future evolutions and production planning costs as well as economies of scale from joint purchasing.
A joint team of BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover experts located in Munich will be tasked with further developing the Gen 5 power units with production of the electric drivetrains to be undertaken by each partner in their own manufacturing facilities.