10,000 new jobs could be created as a result
Plans to build electric cars in the UK have been revealed by Jaguar Land Rover at an industry meeting held last week.
Jaguar Land Rover became the biggest car manufacturers in the UK last year, knocking Nissan off top spot with the production of 489,923 vehicles.
The British automotive company, and subsidiary of Indian automaker Tata Motors, introduced their first electric concept car to the world at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show. The Jaguar I-PACE is set to arrive in 2018 and will be built in Graz, Austria.
Following on from the introduction of their first ever electric vehicle (EV), chief executive Ralf Speth says he would like to see their electric cars of the future being manufactured here in the UK and, according to a Financial Times report, 10,000 new jobs could be created if the company’s plans go ahead.
During his speech, Mr Speth said his aim was to double the company’s production by the end of the decade to around 1 million vehicles, but added that this would only be possible with further investment. He would also like to see half of the company’s vehicles available as some sort of electric version during the same time frame.
If JLR’s plans do materialise, this would be another major boost for the UK’s automotive sector. The Japanese carmaker Nissan announced their decision to build two new models at their plant in Sunderland after receiving backing and support from the UK government.
According to a spokeswoman for Reuters, Mr Speth told an industry meeting last week: “We want to build our EVs (electric vehicles) in the West Midlands, in the home of our design and engineering.”
An extra £390 million of funding has been made available to the automotive industry to help boost and support autonomous and green car technology in the UK. Part of the funding includes £80 million towards increasing the number of electric charging points available for public use.
Jaguar Land Rover would not say when their electric vehicles would be built in the UK, or on the possible creation of new jobs.
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