JLR to make only electric or hybrid cars from 2020
LUXURY car maker Jaguar Land Rover has announced that ALL of its new cars will be electric or hybrid from 2020.
The firm, which has major production operations in Birmingham, Solihull and across the West Midlands, announced the news at its inaugural ‘ Tech Fest’ – a series of debates and an exhibition about the future of mobility.
JLR last year unveiled an electric concept car, the I- Pace, and the announcement follows a similar move last month by Volvo.
Chief executive Ralf Speth said: “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug- in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles.
“Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I- Pace, goes on sale next year.”
The I- Pace will have a range of 310 miles, putting it on a par with competition from US- based Tesla.
JLR has indicated that it would like to build an electric car plant in the UK, similar to Nissan’s Sunderland facility, but it
We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range. RALF SPETH
is yet to make a concrete commitment. Such a move would be a significant boost to the British car industry and follow on the heels of BMW, which in July pledged to build its electric Mini in Oxford.
Jaguar sold more than 583,000 cars in 136 countries last year and has invested heavily in its operations in the region in recent years including several expansion projects of its plant in Castle Bromwich.