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Jaguar Land Rover leads consortium to develop electric vehicle tech

Land Rover frame -- Tucana versionJaguar Land Rover has been announced as the leader of the Tucana Consortium, a group of motor vehicle industry producers, suppliers and academic organizations tasked with eco-friendly technological development.

The consortium represents part of the four-year Tucana programme, a government initiative that seeks “to make the U.K. a world leader in low-carbon technology” with the ultimate goal to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tons by 2032. The group’s strategy is not only to increase the number and ratio of electric vehicles produced but also to produce lighter electric vehicles to increase power and potential distance per charge.

Jaguar Land Rover is specifically targeting the replacement of aluminum and steel with lighter composites such as glass fiber carbon fiber (see illustration at right). The company thus seeks to increase vehicle stiffness by 30% and drop 35 kilograms (about 77 pounds) per vehicle frame.

Members of the consortium include Broetje-Automation UK, CCP Gransden, Expert Tooling & Automation, Toray International UK, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), and The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS).

Said CFMS Chief Technology Officer Ian Risk: “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.”

Jaguar Land Rover plans to have developed a fleet of Tucana test prototypes sometime in 2022.