Jaguar Land Rover enters advanced powertrain research project image

The British company, subsidiary of Tata Group, will lead a £16.3 million ‘Evoque_e’ collaborative research project to develop new hybrid and battery-electric vehicle technology.

Based on the Range Rover Evoque platform, the ‘Evoque_e’ is a two-year, £16.3 million UK government Technology Strategy Board project. Jaguar Land Rover will contribute with £4 million to the project and will lead a consortium of 12 selected partners – eight from industry and three universities.

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, and multi-machine, advanced control development and torque vectoring.”

“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.”

The partners include Zytek Automotive, GKN Driveline, Motor Design, 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 next-generation powertrain concepts for a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and a full battery electric vehicle (BEV).