“Wolfspeed’s silicon carbide technology will be used specifically in the vehicles’ inverter, managing the transfer of energy from the battery to the electric motors,” according to the car company. “The first Range Rover vehicles with this technology will be available from 2024, and the new all-electric Jaguar brand next year.”
Wolfspeed has already worked with Jaguar on electric Formula E racing cars. “We are no strangers to having collaborated with the Jaguar TCS Racing team for the past five seasons,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bollore.
The new partnership makes Jaguar Land Rover part of the Wolfspeed Assurance of Supply Program, ensuring the supply of SiC power components. “This will enable greater visibility and control over Jaguar Land Rover’s future supply chain and is key to a new approach to the company’s operations and supply chain value chain,” JLR said.
In February, Jaguar Land Rover announced a partnership with Nvidia for software-defined automated driving systems for vehicles from 2025.
Wolfspeed’s 200mm Mohawk Valley SiC fab, said to be the world’s largest, opened in New York state in April 2022. “The automated facility dramatically expands capacity for silicon carbide technologies, which will meet growing demand of electric vehicles and other technology sectors around the world,” said Wolfspeed.
JLR’s stated goal is to achieve zero carbon emissions in its supply chain, products and operations by 2039. It is owned by Tata Motors and has two design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing sites, engine manufacturing and battery assembly in the UK, as well as vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia.