A sum total of £16.3 million - £4m of which was contributed by JLR - has been set aside for the Evoque_e project, which will start in October. Three research vehicles will be designed, developed and built, showcasing the next generation of powertrain concepts for all-electric, plug-in hybrid and 'mild' electric-hybrid cars.
Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover director of 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, multi-machine, advanced control development and torque vectoring.”
The project, which is supported by the UK's Technology Strategy Board, will see JLR lead a consortium of partners including eight companies and three universities.