BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have announced a technical partnership that will see the two companies collaborate on the next-generation electric powertrains.
The two automakers, which are both involved in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, will work together to make the technology “more widely available” to customers by the start of the next decade.
According to a joint press release, BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover “share the same strategic vision” of environmentally-friendly and future-oriented electric drive technologies.
“The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. “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.”
BMW Group plans to introduce its fifth-generation electric drive unit next year with its BMW iX3 sports utility vehicle, with the technology forming the basis of the joint powertrain development between BMW and JLR.
It thus allows the companies to take advantage of “cost efficiencies” from the shared development, with a team of BMW and JLR engineers to be located in Munich for the joint development.
“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,” said Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director.
“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.”
Both companies will seek to “adhere to their own brand-specific propositions” in future projects.
Toyota, Subaru Join Forces for Development of New EV Platform
Toyota and Subaru, meanwhile, announced on Thursday that it will jointly develop a new EV platform.
It comes as an expansion of the two Japanese manufacturer’s collaboration on hybrid technology.
The platform, built for mid-size and large passenger vehicles, is expected to be utilized for both sedans and SUVs.
“Subaru and Toyota believe that it is necessary to pursue a business model that goes beyond convention, crossing over industrial boundaries,” the automakers said in a joint statement.
Subaru plans to launch its first EV in 2021, with Toyota in line to electrify its entire lineup of vehicles, either with fully electric or hybrid powertrains, by 2025.
Similar joint ventures are also ongoing between General Motors and Honda for battery technology, and Ford and Volkswagen in the development of commercial vehicles and electric and autonomous cars.