Jaguar Land Rover Manufacturing Opportunities for the UK
The expansion of the electric vehicle, moving from niche to mainstream, has seen the creation of the Jaguar I-Pace which could support up to 10,000 new jobs for JLR.
Ralf Speth the boss of Jaguar Land Rover said he wants the companies EV range to be manufactured in the UK. In a speech directed at automotive leaders and politicians, Speth stated that he wished to double JLR’s production to 1 million vehicles by the end of the decade. This would only be made possible if it can overcome ‘infrastructure and capacity issues’ similar to the dilemma faced by Nissan earlier in the year.
JLR has challenged the British government to invest £450m in Midlands infrastructure. To enable the company to build electric cars in the region, Financial Times believes it will require up to 10,000 new jobs. At the same time, JLR wants to make at least half of these vehicles available with some sort of electrification.
Jaguar has already displayed its ambition towards electric cars with the I-Pace concept revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show earlier this year. The production for this vehicle will begin in 2018 at Graz, Austria beating the electric SUV into showrooms however it will a plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
With its headquarters already in the UK, Jaguar is hoping to take advantage of Britain’s pledge to put battery development and electric vehicles at the centre of its industry. This news comes as another boost to the UK car industry following Nissan’s decision to expand its UK facility in Sunderland. Despite Britain’s decision to leave the EU it is still managing to entice car manufactures to consider production in the UK.