Jun 5, 2019

JLR and BMW to collaborate on electric vehicles

Carmakers are being forced to invest in electric cars to meet tightening CO2 rules in Europe and electric sales mandates in China, piling additional pressure on motor groups at a time of falling sales and waning profits in their major markets. BMW, which is about five times the size of JLR, was one of the first major manufacturers to release a fully electric car, launching the i3 in 2013, and has a wide range of plug-in hybrid vehicles. JLR expects to make its electric drive units at its Wolverhampton engine plant, in time using batteries from its new Hams Hall battery facility. Carmakers of all sizes are pooling resources or seeking scale to try and increase their chances of survival as the sector tilts towards electric vehicles. Ralf Speth, JLR's chief executive, told the Financial Times's Future of the Car summit last month that the company faced rising battery costs for the I-Pace because of high demand as carmakers rolled out an ever increasing number of electric vehicles, putting pressure on battery suppliers.

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