Are Jaguar Land Rover Electric Cars Coming to the UK?

Jaguar Land Rover's chief executive Dr Ralf Speth has suggested a vision which could see as many as 10,000 new jobs created in the West Midlands.

But he said the ambition was "dependent on overcoming infrastructure and capacity issues".

Speaking at an industry event, Dr Speth said that the brand, Britain's largest carmaker by volume, would like to double production from 500,000 to one million cars per year. Specifically, the company is looking for help with infrastructure surrounding a 60 acre site including the provision of additional power resources. JLR says its plans could require the output of four power plants.

His comments came after the Government this week pledged £390m to fund greener technologies and any new production would come as a further improvement to the automotive industry following the Brexit vote, after Japan's Nissan said it would build two new models at its plant in Sunderland.

JLR said in a statement that Dr Speth had "confirmed his vision to double the production output of the business, make EVs (electric vehicles) in the UK and the desire to make the UK a global centre of excellence for battery research and development".

It said it could not comment on job numbers or the timeframe.

The Jaguar I-PACE was unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show last week and JLR has said it wants half its cars to be available in an electric version by the end of the decade.

It is thought that the I-PACE car will be produced in Austria but Dr Speth's comments suggest a desire for some of JLR's electric vehicle production to take place in the UK.

Last week in an interview with Sky News he remarked that JLR's future in Britain could be in jeopardy by a hard Brexit meaning additional tax and tariff barriers.

He said it would have to "see the facts" before deciding whether to continue manufacturing in the UK.

 

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