The British car company has laid down a challenge to the UK government to match its ambition by investing in East Midlands infrastructure
Sam Sheehan
25 November 2016

Jaguar Land Rover could create up to 10,000 new jobs in the UK to meet growing demand for electric vehicles following the launch of the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, according to a report from the Financial Times.

The all-electric model’s batteries will be produced in the West Midlands by Warwick Manufacturing Group, with the Magna Steyr production facility in Austria handling most of the car production.

But JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said that future electric vehicles could be built in the Midlands providing the UK government invests in infrastructure improvements that make it favourable for a new EV-focused manufacturing facility to be established.

The FT reports that Speth would like to see an government investment of £450m. To create its new facility, he said, JLR will need extra electricity, land for development and the "right legislative framework" to enable the company to expand its operations quickly. Speth wants about half of JLR's model range to feature hybrid or electric variants within five years.  

 

A JLR statement said: "CEO Dr Ralf Speth has confirmed his vision to double the production output of the business, make EVs in the UK and the desire to make the UK a global centre of excellence for battery research and development. However, this is dependent on overcoming infrastructure and capacity issues. We cannot comment on quoted job numbers or a timeframe."

Speth also said that the new car and increasing exports of JLR’s existing models would double JLR production to one million units by 2020.

“We have a greater ambition. Why should we challenge ourselves to build more than a million cars? If we double the volume of our cars we can double the workforce,” he told a meeting of political and automotive leaders. Speth didn't confirm how many jobs would be created, despite the reports.

JLR’s announcement comes days after the Government announced plans in its Autumn Statement to make the UK a global 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 big features of the world, and of Britain’s industrial policy, during the weeks, months and years ahead”.

Jaguar unveiled its I-Pace at the recent Los Angeles motor show, where it confirmed that the model would arrive in British showrooms in early 2018. The LA concept is powered by a pair of synchronous permanent magnet electric motors, with 395bhp and 516lb ft on tap. Jaguar’s claimed 0-60mph time for the car is 4.0sec.

Click here to read about the Jaguar I-Pace's technical details

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25 November 2016
JLR surely needs to start addressing the lower end of the premium market sooner rather than later - the A-class/B-class, 1/2-series, A1/Q2/A3 segments to a) get volumes and spread cost b) attract and retain a younger market and c) be more prepared for any global or regional economic hiccups.

jer

25 November 2016
Its always top down, if you can pull it off and LR certainly can. They need to fix the Ingenium in the XE though ....

25 November 2016
jer wrote:

Its always top down, if you can pull it off and LR certainly can. They need to fix the Ingenium in the XE though ....

They need to fix the Ingenium in general, not just in the XE.

25 November 2016
supermanuel wrote:
jer wrote:

Its always top down, if you can pull it off and LR certainly can. They need to fix the Ingenium in the XE though ....

They need to fix the Ingenium in general, not just in the XE.

That's what happens when you switch off supply of your existing units and then the horror dawns on you that your shiny new engine isn't as ready as you thought it was.

25 November 2016
Lower margins maybe, but not necessarily lower revenues. Jaguars, outside of Autocar, haven't exactly set their respective classes on fire, even against dated competitors. Land Rovers perhaps have, but with more competitors coming from all sides there's a risk of margins coming under pressure and, as is typical with luxury-only brands (e.g. Aston, Bentley pre-VW, RR pre-BMW), products becoming uncompetitive against the more mainstream brands and the larger volumes they can spread costs over.

25 November 2016
"...double JLR production to £1 million by 2020." Please, remove the £ sign - I think you mean a million units, not a million pounds worth of output.
Nit-picking aside, this is more good news from JLR. As I read it, the growth comes from more sales of higher-value product, without the need to go down the low-margin small-vehicle path taken by BMW, Merc and Audi.

25 November 2016
@ the AA and RAC? Boom ! Boom! ....sorry.

25 November 2016
Dramatic increase in slaes? How about sales? Get a grip Autocar you aspire to be a professional publication

25 November 2016
The car is great, the country is great, but the media can't spell for toffee 'slaes' overpaid twit's, until they change it or delete this post.

26 November 2016
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