BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have announced they are to join forces and develop power electronics, transmissions and electric motors together.
Due to stringent anti-pollution rules car manufacturers are being forced to produce low emission vehicles.
Klaus Froehlich, BMW board member said, “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.”
The car giants said that they will save costs by sharing research, jointly buying components and sharing production planning.
Jon Davies, manufacturer expert at www.carwow.co.uk said, “At carwow, we are seeing appetite for electric cars continuing to rise, with alternative fuel car demand up 77% in London since ULEZ was introduced and 44% for the rest of the UK.
“However, with less than 20 fully electric mainstream cars on sale in the UK, the choice for consumers is limited.
“For manufacturers, one of the big challenges with new powertrain technology is the research and development cost, so tie ups like that proposed by BMW and JLR will only accelerate the introduction of more choice, which can only be a good thing for consumers.”