JLR to use ‘Elysia’ battery software from Fortescue

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a deal to utilise Fortescue's Elysia battery intelligence software in its next generation EVs. The software was originally developed for Formula 1 and is to help provide JLR's vehicles with improved battery longevity, safety and performance.

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Starting with the new Range Rover Electric, which will be launched later this year, Fortescue’s Elysia software will monitor all future JLR electric vehicles. This will help to provide customers with a better user experience with faster charging, improved reliability and greater range.

“Fortescue’s technology will give JLR even better access to data analytics as we electrify our entire vehicle portfolio by 2030. As the industry transitions to electrification, collaborations like this are of paramount importance as we continue to improve the safety, performance and lifespan of our batteries,” says Thomas Mueller, Managing Director, Product Development at JLR.

Monitoring battery health throughout its lifetime will support sustainability by facilitating the transition of batteries from electric vehicles into second-life applications.

Fortescue’s innovative software uses physically informed digital twins and probabilistic artificial intelligence (i.e. probability calculation based on AI) to identify and solve battery problems and help JLR optimise battery performance and safety for customers.

“This collaboration showcases the very best of cutting-edge innovation and engineering. Through Fortescue’s breakthrough battery intelligence software, JLR will benefit from a new level of access to battery data and a revolutionary way to monitor its products in the real world, ensuring that every product lives up to the brand’s exceptionally high standards. The lessons and innovations we have both learned from motorsport are now being applied to the management of battery systems on our roads, unlocking a leading future of EV performance for JLR’s customers,” said Mark Hutchinson, CEO of Fortescue.

The strategic collaboration will enable JLR to gain detailed insights into the condition of the batteries and make specific recommendations to improve performance through software updates.

Fortescue is an Australian mining company that acquired Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering and battery company founded by the Williams Formula 1 team, for £164 million two years ago. Last summer, Fortescue also announced plans to build a battery and powertrain factory in the UK.

jaguarlandrover.com, fortescue.com


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