Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled their new electric Drive Module (eDM) technology which will pave the way for new hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled their new electric Drive Module (eDM) technology which will pave the way for new hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.

Unveiled the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event, the three "Concept_e research demonstrators" feature a unique modular electric drive module which was developed in-house by JLR engineers.

The company was coy on specifics but said the eDM can be inserted between any engine and transmission to create a mild hybrid electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.  The eDM can also be used by itself to create a pure electric vehicle.  Regardless of which application is used, JLR says the eDM can deliver "twice the power and torque of any electric motor-generator in production today."

As for the Concept_e research demonstrators themselves, the Concept_e MHEV is a mild hybrid that is based on the Range Rover Evoque.  It features a 90 PS (66 kW) prototype diesel engine, a 48V electrical system and a 20 PS (15 kW) electric motor which is sandwiched between the engine and the nine-speed transmission.

The Concept_e PHEV, on the other hand, is a Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid that has a 300 PS (220 kW) prototype petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that develops up to 204 PS (150 kW). 

Last but not least, the Concept_e BEV is an electric vehicle which rides on JLR's new aluminum-intensive platform.  It features a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery and electric drive axles.  The front axle has a 115 PS (85 kW) electric motor, while the rear uses a 197 PS (145 kW) electric motor.

In a statement, JLR Director of Research and Technology Dr Wolfgang Epple said "This is a long-term Jaguar Land Rover research project exploring all aspects of future hybrid and battery electric vehicle technology. The three Concept_e vehicles will allow us to test and develop exciting new potential technologies that could form part of our low and zero emissions vision beyond 2020."

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