Jaguar to build electric cars in UK… it hopes
Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in the UK but only if the ‘conditions’ are right.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER boss, Ralph Speth has said he wants to bring greater automotive production to the company’s three factories in the UK. And he’s particularly keen on having electric cars produced ‘at home’.
That said, the Jaguar I-Pace, which was revealed in concept form a few weeks ago was actually built in Austria. And that’s where the production version will be built too.
“We want to build our EVs (electric vehicles) in the West Midlands, in the home of our design and engineering,” Speth told an industry meeting on Thursday evening, according to a spokeswoman.
Last year, Jaguar Land Rover built more than one-third of its 1.6 million vehicles in the UK. Speth told Reuters in September that if the conditions were right in the UK, meaning support from government, science and more.
When Nissan demanded compensation for ‘Brexit-imposed costs’ Jaguar Land Rover demanded a “level playing field” from the government. The British government has committed more than 300 million pounds in funding to support the development of electric and autonomous technologies.
Jaguar Land Rover has not said when electric cars will enter production in the UK.