Jaguar-Land Rover has joined up with a new low carbon vehicle partnership to research and test concepts to cut fuel consumption. The £29 million project is being funded by the automaker, six partner companies, Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund. One of the key elements to improving efficiency will be improving the electronic management of the powertrain and vehicle dynamics.

The goal will be to optimize these systems in order to minimize the losses that come when the vehicle starts slipping or the wheels are spinning. These same systems are also integrated into functions like adaptive cruise control. With appropriate programming, the adaptive cruise control can adjust the gap distances to miminize the deceleration and acceleration and, presto, help lower fuel consumption.

[Source: Jaguar-Land Rover]

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER CONFIRMED AS PARTNER IN NEW LOW-CARBON VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Gaydon, Warwickshire, 23 February 2010

Jaguar Land Rover is today confirmed as one of seven partners in a new Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project. The £29m initiative is funded by Advantage West Midlands, the European Regional Development Fund and the industry partners involved.

Jaguar Land Rover is leading a total of three work streams that address the research and development of advanced vehicle supervisory controls. These electronic systems - which host the control algorithms that determine the characteristics of vehicle performance, including dynamic behaviour and traction control - are key to low carbon vehicle development. As a manufacturer of premium vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover already has world class expertise in this area and is ideally placed to lead advanced research and development programmes.

Involvement in the project is a natural fit for Jaguar Land Rover given our commitment to environmental innovation. We are investing hundreds of millions of pounds into technology research and development to reduce CO2 emissions and the LCVTP aligns with our drive to advance the development of specialist low carbon engineering skills and vehicle technologies.



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