BMW and Jaguar Land Rover to jointly develop electric car parts


FRANKFURT (Reuters) – BMW and Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday said they will jointly develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics, unveiling yet another industry alliance designed to lower the costs of developing electric cars.

Both carmakers are under pressure to roll out zero-emission vehicles to meet stringent anti-pollution rules, but have struggled to maintain profit margins faced with the rising costs of making electric, connected and autonomous cars.

“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 BMW board member Klaus Froehlich.

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover said they will save costs through shared development, production planning and joint purchasing of electric car components. Both companies will produce electric drivetrains in their own manufacturing facilities, BMW said.

The BMW Jaguar Land Rover pact comes as rivals Fiat Chrysler and Renault explore a $35 billion tie-up of the Italian-American and French car making groups.

Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering director said, “We’ve proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products.

BMW was in talks with rival Daimler about developing electric car components but was also in discussions with Jaguar Land Rover, a company it once owned, to explore an alliance on engines.

BMW already has a deal to supply an 8 cylinder engine to Jaguar Land Rover.

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Carmakers are increasingly open to sharing electric car parts because the technology is expensive and because customers no longer buy a car based on what engine a vehicle has.

“Carmakers are much less precious about sharing electric car technology because it is much harder to create product differentiation with electric car tech. They all accelerate fast, and everybody can do quality and ride and handling,” according to Carl-Peter Forster a former chief executive of Tata Motors and a former BMW executive.

Jaguar Land Rover is still run by former BMW managers, including Ralf Speth the company’s chief executive who spent 20 years at BMW prior to joining JLR, and Wolfgang Ziebart, the engineer who oversaw Jaguar’s iPace electric car program, who is a former head of research and development at BMW.

Jaguar Land Rover said it would redouble efforts to cut costs after it posted a $4 billion loss earlier this year, hit by a downturn in demand for sports utility vehicles in China and a regulatory clampdown on diesel emissions.

BMW bought Britain’s Rover Group, which included the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, for 800 million pounds in 1994 only to sell Jaguar Land Rover to Ford in March 2000 for $2.7 billion. In 2008 India’s Tata Group bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford for $2.3 billion.

Wipe-On Nanocoating to Exceed Automotive OEM Specs


QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8(Nanowerk News) Imagine for a moment a world were  automotive plastics never fade, a self-cleaning wheel that resists brake dust, a  self-cleaning tire that looks new for life, or a fiberglass boat that resists  fading for life. These and other amazing benefits are now possible due to 10  years of research & development in nanotechnology.
According to Nanovere Technologies Chairman & Chief  Technology Officer Thomas Choate, “Nanovere is pleased to introduce the world’s  first Wipe-On clear nanocoating to exceed automotive OEM specifications. The  product is named Vecdor Nano-Clear®. What’s most unique about Nano-Clear® is the  ability to permanently restore original color, gloss and surface hardness back  into oxidized textured plastics, highly oxidized fiberglass and highly oxidized  paint surfaces while reducing surface maintenance by 60%.”
Nanotechnology can be described as the science of molecular  engineering. Nanovere Technologies has pioneered proprietary 3D nanostructured  coatings at the molecular level since 2003. Nano-Clear® forms a “highly  crosslink dense film with extreme scratch resistance, chemical resistance, UV  resistance, remarkable flexibility and self-cleaning properties including water,  oil, ice and brake-dust repellency.”
The application potential for Nano-Clear® Wipe-On nanocoating  includes automotive textured plastics, aluminum and steel wheels, tires,  oxidized paint surfaces including heavy duty equipment, boat hulls, aluminum  siding, outdoor metal furniture, air conditioner housings, etc.
Vecdor nanocoatings have been tested and validated by some of  the world’s leading OEM companies including Boeing, BMW, Accuride Truck Wheels  and many others to outperform leading OEM clear coatings;
  • 53%  higher scratch resistance: 4H pencil hardness
  • 476%  higher chemical resistance over nearest competitor: 500+ MEK rubs
  • 60%  reduced surface maintenance: water, oil and ice repellency
  • 94%  gloss retention even after 5 years
Nanovere is currently establishing global distribution networks  for Vecdor Nano-Clear®. Interested parties may contact Nanovere directly at  alliances@nanovere.com or call us at  (810)  227-0077 . To learn  more about Nanovere or nanotechnology, please visit us at  http://www.nanocoatings.com or email question@nanovere.com.                    
Nanovere Technologies, LLC. specializes in the research &  development of first-to-market nanocoatings and licensing of 3D nanostructured  coating polymers to a world leading paint manufacture. Nanovere Technologies was  founded in 2003 and invented the core polymers and nanocoatings which currently  represent 11 global patents pending.
Source: Nanovere (press  release)

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