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Jaguar Land Rover are working on lightweight composite materials that will provide future vehicles with increased range, greater performance, and a more dynamic driving experience.
The Tucana project will take place over the next four years. The intention is to become a world leader in low-carbon technology. Early predictions pin hopes on saving around 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In essence the programme not only accelerates the development of electric vehicles, but also focusses on making them lighter in order to decrease tailpipe emissions and reduce energy used by their drivetrains.
Composite materials will replace steel and aluminium, to better handle the high torque of electric motors, and to reduce weight, and in-turn CO2 emissions.
Marcus Henry, Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The development of new lightweight body structures to complement the latest zero-emissions powertrains will be key as the electrification of our vehicle range continues. This project will allow the true environmental credentials of electric vehicles to be realised by enabling wider adoption of the technology and will propel Jaguar Land Rover and the UK supply chain into a world-leading position in low-carbon technology.”
Ian Risk, Chief Technology Officer at CFMS, said: “Tucana shows how new technology development can be optimised and accelerated with digital engineering. Using new digital design, development and manufacturing tools helps to deliver emissions reduction faster, so the UK economy can reach zero emissions quicker.”
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 offered on 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 now offered with the P400e, completing the hybrid options available across the Range Rover family.
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