Jun 30, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover to invest in UK electric car plant

Jaguar Land Rover will commit to investing hundreds of millions of pounds to prepare its Castle Bromwich plant to build electric cars, ahead of a wave of new battery models it hopes to make in the UK. The carmaker has scheduled a six-week shutdown at the site to install a new range of tooling that will allow it to make battery cars. The replacement for the XJ, the flagship Jaguar saloon used by several government ministers including business secretary Greg Clark, is expected to be fully electric and made at the site. To survive in the coming decades, Britain's car facilities will need to pivot to electric, something made more challenging by the lack of a UK battery plant. Nissan already manufactures the electric Leaf car in Sunderland, while BMW will assemble the electric Mini in Oxford, albeit using imported German batteries. The Jaguar I-Pace, the brand's first electric car that has accrued a number of awards including World Car of the Year, is made in Austria by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, in part because of the lack of a suitable UK supply chain.

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