Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will use Formula E racing tech to improve efficiency and range in its road cars.
The automaker on Monday announced a partnership with North Carolina-based Wolfspeed to use the latter’s silicon carbide semiconductor tech in future EVs. Wolfspeed already supplies similar tech to the Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E team, which has used it to “accelerate on-track efficiency and performance,” JLR noted in a press release.
Silicon carbide semiconductors will specifically be used in the inverters of future Jaguar and Land Rover EVs, with JLR expecting range gains and increased efficiency.
Slated to be manufactured at a Wolfspeed facility in New York, the semiconductors will first go into Range Rover models starting in 2024, and Jaguar models the following year. Jaguar is scheduled to be all-electric by then, although management has changed plans on electrification multiple times over the past few years.
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