Jaguar announces powertrain project
Automobile major Jaguar Land Rover has announced its leadership of an advanced powertrain research and development programme 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 GBP16.3m UK government Technology Strategy Board project. Jaguar Land Rover will contribute GBP4m 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, 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 (MHEV); a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).
Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Director Hybrids and Electrification, said: "The aim of the project is to develop technology platforms which 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."
As Britain's biggest investor in automotive research and development, and the biggest investor in manufacturing R and D, Jaguar Land Rover is spending GBP2.75 billion in the year to March 2014 on product creation.
Jaguar Land Rover showcased a number of the other collaborative research projects it is leading at the LCV 2013 event.
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.
(Posted on 04-09-2013)