Jaguar Land Rover announces plans to build range of new electrified cars in the UK
Fri 05 July 2019 | Back to news list
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it plans to build a range of new electrified cars in the UK at its Castle Bromwich plant. The company says it will invest hundreds of millions of pounds in order to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020. The company is also calling for a a giga-scale battery production plant in the UK "to put the country at leading edge of electric mobility".
The company says the move will help secure the jobs of 2,700 workers at the Castle Bromwich plant to make what it says will be "the UK's first premium electrified vehicle plant".
However, the latest news follows January's announcement, when the firm said it would cut 4,500 jobs, with the majority coming from the UK. That followed 1,500 jobs lost in 2018.
Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric ...we are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”
The first new electric car to be produced at the plant will be Jaguar’s flagship luxury saloon, the XJ.
JLR says that the new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall, operational in 2020, will be the most innovative and technologically advanced in the UK with an installed capacity of 150,000 units. Together with the Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC), home of Jaguar Land Rover’s global EDU production, the company says these facilities will power the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Announcing its commitment, Jaguar Land Rover called on the government and industry to work together to bring giga-scale battery production to the UK. It said: "This builds on the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and the Government’s Faraday Challenge, essential for next generation battery technology to create smaller, denser, cheaper batteries. These critical steps will also support and grow the existing supply chain, making the UK less dependent on essential materials sourced abroad today".
The (then) Business Secretary Greg Clark said of JLR's investment announcement: "It reflects our determination for the UK to be at the forefront of the development and manufacturing of the next generation of electric vehicles."
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