JLR announces Wolfspeed partnership to secure silicon carbide supply for future electric vehicles
Jaguar Land Rover has announced a partnership with Wolfspeed to secure the supply of silicon carbide for future generation electric vehicles. The agreement is part of its ‘Reimagine’ strategy, which aims to become a carbon neutral company by 2039.
The partnership with Wolfspeed, with which GM also partnered last year, will help Jaguar Land Rover electrify its next generation of vehicles. They say: “The first Range Rover vehicles with this technology will be available from 2024, and the new all-electric Jaguar brand the following year.
Wolfspeed’s silicon carbide technology will be used specifically in the vehicles’ inverter, managing the transfer of power from the battery to the electric motors, giving them greater efficiency and range.
This is not JLR’s first foray with Wolfspeed, as its silicon carbide semiconductors have been used in the Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E team’s in-house developed powertrains since 2017. Jaguar Lang Rover CEO Thierry Bolloré said:
“It’s no wonder we have partnered with the Jaguar TCS Racing team for the past five seasons.
By making this a strategic partnership as part of our Reimagine strategy, we can integrate Wolfspeed’s advanced silicon carbide technology into our next generation of electric vehicles, delivering increased range and performance to our customers.”
The silicon carbide power device solutions will be produced at Wolfspeed’s Mohawk Valley factory in Marcy (New York, USA), which opened in April 2022 as the world’s largest 200mm silicon carbide manufacturing facility.
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