BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have confirmed they are joining forces to advance the development of electrification technologies beginning with next-generation electric drive units.
The collaboration will enable significant cost savings through joint investment in research and development, engineering and procurement. The aim is to provide the necessary economies of scale to support increased consumer adoption of electric vehicles.
The partnership will establish a joint team of BMW and JLR experts to be based in Munich and tasked with further developing electric drivetrains.
Once the tech is production ready, each partner will utilise their own manufacturing facilities to adapt the drivetrains to brand-specific projects.
Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director said: “The pace of change and consumer interest in electrified vehicles is gathering real momentum and it’s essential we work across industry to advance the technologies required to deliver this exciting future.
“We’ve proven we can build world-beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products. It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies’ requirements for next-generation EDUs to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration."
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