JLR to make only electric or hy­brid cars from 2020

Solihull News - - NEWS - TAMLYN JONES tamlyn. jones@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

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.

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