BMW And JLR To Co-Develop Next-Generation Electric Drive Units

A quarter of a century ago, BMW bought Rover Group, which included the Land Rover brand. The Germans didn’t hold on to the British off-road vehicle specialist for too long, though, and sold Land Rover to Ford in 2000.

Fast forward to the present, and BMW and Land Rover will once again cooperate, albeit not as part of the same entity.

The BMW Group and the Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover group have just announced they will collaborate on “next-generation electric drive units in a move that supports the advancement of electrification technologies necessary to transition to an ACES future” — where ACES stands for Autonomous, Connected, Electric, and Shared.

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The future electric drive units that will be co-developed by the two automakers will be based on BMW Group’s most sophisticated electrified technology to date. The fifth-generation (Gen 5) eDrive technology features an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in one housing. According to the Bavarians, this electric motor does not require rare earths, enabling the company to reduce its dependence on their availability as it continues its electrification offensive.

Starting from 2020, the BMW Group will introduce the Gen 5 eDrive on the upcoming BMW iX3 all-electric SUV (pictured). Subsequently, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover will create further evolutions based on the Gen 5 electric drive unit.

By sharing development and production planning costs, as well as achieving economies of scale from joint purchasing, the BMW Group and JLR will be able to save a lot of money. The Gen 5-based power units will be developed by a joint team of BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover experts located in Munich. Production of the electric drivetrains will be undertaken by each partner in their own manufacturing facilities.

“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,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.

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  • onthetrack

    JLR’s expertise with electric vehicles also cannot be ignored. Sounds like both JLR and BMW are already among the top in new electric vehicle tech so working together and sharing costs sounds like an awesome match!

  • Six_Tymes

    Tesla woke them both up… now they are working on new tech together, everyone wins. I would just like to see charge times lowered and distance increased before too long. Someone make a big advancement, get on with it.

  • Astonman

    Just goes to show how expensive it is to make an EV and why Tesla has a hard time making money on cars. And these automakers also have so set money aside for autonomous cars (which forced a collaboration between Mercedes and BMW) The car world is changing so drastically. I’d hate to be a CEO of one of these right now.

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