BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to Partner on Electric Cars

By Anna Breuer on 7 June 2019
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BMW and Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to work together on electric vehicle technology.

The two said such a collaboration is essential as the industry moves from traditional internal-combustion powered cars and trucks to ones that are autonomous, connected, electric, and can be shared.

“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, the BMW board member in charge of development.

Under the terms of the agreement, a team of engineers from both companies will work on the development of next-generation electric drive units, or EDUs, which will then be manufactured in each automaker’s respective factories.

The German and British automakers said they plan to take advantage of efficiencies and cost savings gained from shared research and development and production planning as well as from economies of scale from joint procurement across the supply chain.

BMW owned Land Rover from 1994 to 2000, when it was sold to Ford, which later sold it and Jaguar to Tata Motors.

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