Jaguar Land Rover could create up to 10,000 new jobs in the united KINGDOM to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles following the launch of the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, according to a report published by the Financial Times.
The all-electric model batteries will be produced in the West Midlands, Warwick Manufacturing Group, with the Magna Steyr production facility in Austria treatment of most production cars.
But JLR chief executive, Ralf Speth, has said that the future of electric vehicles could be built in the Midlands region to provide the united KINGDOM, the government is investing in infrastructure improvements that make it conducive for a new EV-focused manufacturing facilities to be established.
The FT reports that Speth would like to see a government investment of £450. To create his new site, he said, JLR will need more electricity, land for development and the “right of the legislative framework” to allow the company to expand its activities rapidly. Speth wants to about half of JLR’s model range to feature hybrid or electric variants within five years.
A JLR statement said: “chief executive officer, Dr. Ralf Speth has confirmed its vision of doubling the rate of production of the company to make EVs in the united KINGDOM and the desire to make the UK a global centre of excellence for battery research and development. However, this depends on overcoming the infrastructure and capacity issues. We can’t comment on the job numbers, or a calendar.”
Speth also said that the new car and the increase in the export of JLR’s existing models would double JLR production to one million units by 2020.
“We have a greater ambition. Why should we strive to build over a million cars? If you double the volume of our cars, we can double the workforce,” he said at a policy meeting and a leader in the automotive sector. Speth has not confirmed how many jobs would be created, despite the reports.
JLR’s announcement comes days after the Government announced plans in his Autumn statement to make the UK a world leader for electric vehicle and battery production.
UK business secretary Greg Clark, who was also at the meeting, said that this growing sector of the automotive industry could be “one of the great features of the world, and the great Britain of the industrial policy, for the weeks, months and years to come.”
Jaguar has unveiled its I-the Pace at the recent Los Angeles motor show, where it was confirmed that the model arrives in Uk showrooms in early 2018. The concept is powered by a pair of permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors, with 395bhp and 516lb ft on tap. Jaguar’s claimed 0-60mph time for the car is 4.0 sec.