Semiconductor manufacturer Wolfspeed will supply silicon carbide semiconductors for Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation of EVs.
Wolfspeed’s technology will be used specifically in the vehicles’ inverter, managing the transfer of power from the battery to the electric motors. The new technology is scheduled to be used in Range Rover vehicles starting in 2024, and in the new all-electric Jaguar brand the following year.
The silicon carbide power devices will be produced at Wolfspeed’s Mohawk Valley Fab in Marcy, New York, which opened in April 2022. The fully automated facility dramatically expands capacity for Wolfspeed’s silicon carbide technologies.
Jaguar Land Rover will participate in the Wolfspeed Assurance of Supply Program, which is designed to enable greater visibility and control over the automaker’s future supply chain.
The partnership builds on Wolfspeed’s existing relationship with the Jaguar TCS Racing team, which has been winning races in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
“We are not strangers, having collaborated together with the Jaguar TCS Racing team for the last five seasons,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bolloré. “By developing that into a strategic partnership as part of our Reimagine strategy, we can integrate Wolfspeed’s advanced silicon carbide technology into our next-generation electric vehicles, delivering extended range and performance capabilities for our clients.”
Wolfspeed President and CEO, Gregg Lowe, said: “Wolfspeed is proud to partner with Jaguar Land Rover, supporting its bold commitment to electrify its iconic brands by using silicon carbide’s superior performance, efficiency and range. The energy efficiency of silicon carbide will play an essential role as Jaguar Land Rover pursues its own zero carbon goals, and as the world transitions to an all-electric transportation future.”