Jaguar Land Rover, besides showing off new Land Rover hybrids and also a prototype electric SUV, is focused on a new project aiming to develop new hybrid and battery-electric vehicle technology. It is being supported by the United Kingdom government as a way to encourage collaboration between the industry, suppliers and universities towards a lower carbon future.
The Evoque_e collaboration is 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,” according to the automaker. It is a two year, £16.3m UK government Technology Strategy Board project, of which Jaguar Land Rover is contributing £4m.
The project, beginning next month, “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).” The technologies being developed through it will be made to be
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 optimisation.
“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 ustainable use of materials,” said Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Director Hybrids and Electrification, in a statement.
The other partners in the project 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.