Project Perseus: Shifting from ICE Production to Electric Drive Unit Manufacturing

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) recently granted funding to the Perseus (Re-purpose of ICE Infrastructure for EDU) project, which will explore how Jaguar Land Rover’s traditional UK based internal combustion engine (ICE) manufacturing facilities can be adapted to make electric drive units (EDU) for hybrid and electric vehicles, alongside diesel and petrol engines. This project will support Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020. The 27-month project, which commenced in April 2019, is led by Jaguar Land Rover and brings together an expert consortium from the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Mapal, JW Froehlich, Fives Landis, Horizon Instruments, Birmingham City University and HSSMI, who will additionally provide project management and coordination support for the project overall.

Throughout the lifetime of the project, partners will work to ensure that Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery, systems and processes are designed to be flexible enough to manufacture both ICE and EDUs efficiently, within the same production facility. For all partners, Perseus will build on existing manufacturing capability, producing know-how and case study evidence in the conversion of existing ICE manufacturing capacity for EDU manufacture.

The project will ensure that existing UK engine manufacturing facilities, such as Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton, can be further developed for the transition to electric vehicles and at a global level, aims to support the UK to become a major centre for the electric vehicle industry.

Richard Lancaster, Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Strategy Manager, Jaguar Land Rover, explained the potential of the project further:

“Perseus is aligned to Jaguar Land Rover’s vision of Destination Zero to help shape future mobility: zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. Our ambition is to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner.

Perseus provides the opportunity to develop effective and efficient methods and processes that will enable our plant to offer full flexibility between electric units and our clean, refined and efficient petrol and diesel engines. The project will help give us the speed and responsiveness to produce what our customers want at the right time, as we transition to an electrified future.”

Dr Axel Bindel, Executive Director, HSSMI, added:

“Flexibility of current and future assets is key to reduce risk in the changing market, given the uncertainties of growth. As HSSMI we are excited to be part of this important project to offer our expertise in advanced simulation and manufacture of electric drive units. Upscaling of manufacturing capacity has to go hand in hand with the increase of production flexibility. The support by the APC enables us to use this project to build relevant new capabilities for the manufacturing sector.”

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