JLR opens EV development and testing facility in Coventry
British luxury carmaker, which plans to launch nine pure electric models by 2030, unveils EV test facility at JLR’s engineering centre; will enable rapid testing of EVs, including electric test rigs, Electric Drive Unit manufacturing and electric vehicle systems test cells.
JLR has unveiled its new Future Energy Lab, a £250 million state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) test facility, as it prepares to launch nine pure electric luxury models by 2030.
The new 323,000 square-foot facility at JLR’s Whitley Engineering Centre in Coventry, UK will host more than £40 million of technological innovations to enable the rapid testing of EVs, including electric test rigs, Electric Drive Unit (EDU) manufacturing and electric vehicle systems test cells. This includes a series of extreme-weather climate chambers, capable of simulating the harshest of conditions – from -40°C and up to 55°C.
The facility, part of JLR’s £15 billion investment to electrify its luxury brands over the next five years, will significantly increase JLR’s test and development capacity. This will enable the company to sustainably scale up its next generation EVs, reducing the need to transport across other global test facilities during the development process.
By increasing its capacity for testing EVs on-site, JLR is minimising the cost of, and the emissions associated with sending fleets of prototype cars around the world for test assessments.
More than 200 EV engineers are already working at the facility, and a further 150 roles will be created, providing a significant employment boost to the regional economy.
The Tata Motors-owned JLR is planning a further £22 million worth of investment next year, as it continues to upgrade the Coventry site.
JLR’s next electric vehicle – the modern luxury Range Rover BEV – is one of the models undergoing hundreds of thousands of hours of testing on these rigs, while its EDUs are designed, developed and tested by JLR engineers based at Whitley. The model is due to launch next year.
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