Jaguar Land Rover has announced a £16.3 million collaborative research project, called Evoque_e, which will see the design, development and production of three new hybrid and electric powertrains based on the Range Rover Evoque platform.
Starting in October, the development of the three powertrains will include mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV), a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).
"The aim of the project is to develop technology platforms which are configurable and compatible within the architecture of an existing production vehicle,” said Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Director Hybrids and Electrification. “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 project is joint venture between Jaguar Land Rover who will lead a consortium of 12 selected partners – eight from industry and three UK universities. JLR will invest £4 million themselves into the project.
"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,” continued Jaguar Land Rover Director Hybrids and Electrification, Peter Richings.
Currently, JLR is Britain’s biggest investor in automotive research and development, with plans to spend £2.75 billion in the year to March 2014 on product creation alone.
"Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for growth. We believe that the success of our global business - and the UK economy - lies in engineering and innovation,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover Director Research and Technology. “Our research programmes bring together some of the best engineering minds in the UK. With Evoque_e, we will build on previous Jaguar Land Rover technology demonstrators and show clearly the breadth of our capability and commitment in advanced powertrain technology."