Jaguar Land Rover: Using Aerospace Tech In Upcoming Trials
Well, it’s official, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is turning their already beautiful feats of manufacturing into intergalactic cruisers. Well, not quite. The industry-leading, British manufacturer, intends to test the capability of advanced lightweight metals and composites to be used in future vehicles. As part of a two-year project, the West Midlands manufacturer will use technology developed for the aerospace industry to better understand how materials respond to corrosive environments, in global markets and over rigorous terrains. It sounds like, even though JLR isn’t making a lunar rover, they want their upcoming vehicles to be a tough as one.
Samples of the new metals and composites that the company would like to use in future Jaguar and Land Rover models will be built into aerospace-grade sensors and put through their paces in some of the world’s most extreme physical conditions across the North American continent. The sensors are designed to continuously measure the performance of the materials and share data analytics with the Jaguar Land Rovers’ product development team, based in the United Kingdom.
Lead engineer, Matt Walters, said: “This research project is a prime example of our commitment to developing lightweight, durable and robust materials for our future vehicles.
Using advanced aerospace-grade technology, such as these sensors, is testament to the quality and standards we are achieving.
We are working alongside world-class partners on this ground-breaking research project and will improve the correlation between real-world and accelerated testing as we continue to raise the bar for quality and durability.”
This research, though Jaguar Land Rover has announced it, is not exclusive to the company; in fact, they are performing research as part of Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (GDA), “a consortium of aluminium manufacturers and carmakers researching the longevity of materials and how they can be made lighter and more durable.”
The project isn’t the first that JLR has announced in recent times. It builds on the ‘’, as the manufacturer looks to pioneer new recycling processes and sustainable solutions ranging from the innovative use of premium automotive-grade aluminium to give it a second life; the development of , which can reduce the weight of in-car electronics by up to 60%, and the implementation of Econyl fabric, a material repurposed from plastic waste for trim and floor mats.
Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility
Who is Lion Electric?
Founded in 2008, is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric.
Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility
Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.
The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers.
It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.
“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”
Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois
Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.
Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation
As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.
“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.
“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.”