Of late, the automotive industry has been awash with news of carmakers teaming up; the newest being the collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and BMW. The driving forces behind these carmakers teaming up is not just down to factors such as rising operational costs and stricter emission regulations, but also the increasing urge to focus on the advancement of future electrification technologies. The development of next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) will set the wheels rolling for both companies, as the industry begins its transition towards an Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared (ACES) future.

JLR and BMW will further benefit from their combined wealth of knowledge and expertise, especially when it comes to matters pertaining to the field of electric vehicles. BMW brings its extensive electrification know-how in research and production of electric drive units, factors that have led to the success of the all-electric i3. Meanwhile, Jaguar bagged several accolades for its all-new I-Pace, which is an all-electric premium SUV. The two companies said that they share an identical strategic vision of environmentally-friendly and future-oriented electric drive technologies.

The development of next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) will set the wheels rolling for both companies, as the industry begins its transition towards an Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared (ACES) future.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation. 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. Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market," Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG.

Experts from Jaguar Land Rover and BMW will be tasked with engineering the next generation of EDUs. In the process, both partners will develop systems to deliver the specific characteristics required for their respective range of products. Meanwhile, the EDUs will be manufactured in the production facilities of each marque, separately and depending on their respective model requirements. “The transition to ACES represents the greatest technological shift in the automotive industry in a generation. 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,” said Nick Rogers, Engineering Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

On the other hand, BMW will be launching its in-house developed fifth-generation eDrive technology in 2020. BMW’s Gen 5 eDrive system will be showcased on the upcoming iX3 Sports Activity Vehicle. The Munich-based luxury carmaker stated that its 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, said, “The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation. 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. Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market.”

The collaboration between JLR and BMW will not just allow the two auto giants to leverage cost efficiencies arising from shared development of future evolutions, but also in production planning costs and economies of scale that would result from making joint purchases.

According to Jaguar Land Rover’s Nick Rogers, the pace of change and consumer interest in electrified vehicles is gathering real momentum, thereby making it essential for carmakers to work across industry to advance the technologies that are required to deliver an exciting future. The collaboration between JLR and BMW will not just allow the two auto giants to leverage cost efficiencies arising from shared development of future evolutions, but also in production planning costs and economies of scale that would result from making joint purchases.

It is important for both companies to focus on the continued development of new technologies, as is required to meet customer and regulatory requirements around the world, which do vary from one market to another. In an industry that is constantly on the move towards a better, more technologically-advanced future, the alliance between industry heavyweights such as BMW and JLR should result in rapid progress towards that very goal.