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Electric machine manufacture

Establishing a UK supply chain for electric machine manufacture


Working with WMG’s expertise and capability in electric machines research, Jaguar Land Rover brought together a consortium of partners to combine powertrain expertise and experience in a new collaborative environment.

The project team based in a purpose-built experimental facility at WMG investigated manufacturing and assembly methods for electric motors and produced JLR’s first ever electric motor.

One area of research is understanding the new manufacturing processes required to make electric machines in high volumes, and to understand the trade-offs of product performance against manufacturing cost and time.

Watch the video produced by project funder, the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

We have expertise and capability in electric machines research from materials and systems through to production line optimisation. We worked with Jaguar Land Rover to help them become a market leader in the manufacture of electric vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover brought together a consortium of partners on the HVEMS-UK (High Volume E-Machines Supply from the UK) project, to combine powertrain expertise and experience in a new collaborative environment.

Other consortium partners were Tata Steel, Grainger & Worrall, Midland Tool Design, Motor Design Limited and Horizon Instruments, along with research partners WMG, Newcastle University and HSSMI.

The Solution

The project team was based in a purpose-built experimental “make-like production” (MLP) facility at WMG to investigate manufacturing and assembly methods for electric motors. This facility has production representative manufacturing equipment, capable of running at-rate, meaning research takes place in as close to a real production environment as possible.

The Impact

The MLP facility produced Jaguar Land Rover’s first ever electric motor, and it was due to the knowledge and confidence they gained in this project that they were able to commit to bringing design and assembly of electric machines in-house. The success of the project resulted in a follow-on APC8 project (Virbius), supported by £10m of IUK funding and led by Jaguar Land Rover, to develop electric machines aimed primarily at hybrid applications.