LONDON, England – Jaguar Land Rover is preparing for future electric vehicles with light composite bodies to help deliver greater driving range, more powerful performance, and ”a more dynamic drive”.
What has been named the Tuscana Project will be a four-year programme to make Britain a world leader in low-carbon technology intended to erase a potential 4.5-million tonnes of CO2 emissions during the period 2023 to 2032 by accelerating mainstream use of electric vehicles made lighter to cut conventional fuel consumption and extend battery-cars’ range.
The research, JLR says, will replace aluminium and steel with composites capable of handling the greater torque generated by high-performance batteries. Vehicles will be 30% stiffer, at least 35kg lighter, and use composites such as carbon-fibre to reduce vehicle mass – while, unfortunately, installing larger batteries.
Jaguar Land Rover expects to have developed a fleet of prototype Tucana test vehicles within two years.
The consortium will be led by JLR and the Warwick Manufacturing Group.
Marcus Henry, JLR’s research manager, told The Corner in a media release: “The development of lighter body structures will complement the latest zero-emissions powertrains – said to be vital for the electrification of our vehicle range.
”This project will allow the true environmental credentials of electric vehicles to be realised by enabling wider adoption of the technology and will propel JLR and the British supply chain into a world-leading position in low-carbon technology.”
JLR says the continued electrification of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles is part of a commitment to make societies safer and healthier through innovative technology…
”Jaguar has completed the electrification of its Pace family with the P300e plug-in hybrid powertrain for the new Jaguar E-Pace and P400e for Jaguar F-Pace alongside the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.
”Similarly, the new Range Rover Velar is already offered with the P400e, completing the hybrid options available across the Range Rover family.”