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Jaguar Land Rover announces advanced powertrain research project

Jaguar Land Rover has announced an advanced powertrain research and development program for state-of-the-art, next-generation hybrid and battery-electric powertrain technologies based on the Range Rover Evoque platform.
Evoque_e is a two-year US$25.4m UK government Technology Strategy Board project. Jaguar Land Rover will contribute US$6.2m to the project and will lead a consortium of 12 selected partners – eight from industry and three universities.
The partners include Zytek Automotive, GKN Driveline, Motor Design Limited, AVL, Drive System Design, Williams Advanced Engineering, Delta Motorsport, Tata Steel, Bristol University, Cranfield University and Newcastle University.
Starting in October 2013, the collaboration will design, develop and build three research vehicles showcasing state-of-the-art, next-generation powertrain concepts for a mild hybrid electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid and a full battery electric vehicle.
Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of hybrids and electrification, said: “The aim of the project is to develop technology platforms that are configurable and compatible within the architecture of an existing production vehicle. The modular technologies include single and multi-speed axle drives; modular battery packs and integrated power electronics, multi-machine, advanced control development and torque vectoring.
“The research teams will look at how the speed of the electric motor can be increased, to reduce its size, weight and cost while enhancing performance and durability. We will also look at the use of alternative materials to both reduce the use of rare earth materials and for systems optimization.
“The outcome of the Evoque_e project will be new technologies with the potential for high volume production that are capable of delivering benchmark performance in terms of cost, weight and sustainable use of materials.”
Jaguar Land Rover is spending US$4.3 billion in the year to March 2014 on product creation. The company showcased a number of the other collaborative research projects at LCV 2013. These projects include the extreme downsizing of internal combustion engines, efficient management and storage of heat energies and weight reduction of engines through innovative new design concepts.
Jaguar Land Rover already collaborates with a number of leading universities in the UK on a range of technology and skills projects. More than half of its research and advanced engineering team are based at Warwick University’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), to work collaboratively on key new technologies including energy storage, weight reduction and digital verification.

5 September 2013


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