Jaguar Land Rover to create 10,000 UK jobs
Some Jaguar I-Pace production will be handled in Britain
Production of the electric I-Pace SUV and dramatic increase in slaes will drive an expansion of JLR’s workforce
The all-electric model’s batteries will be produced in the West Midlands by Warwick Manufacturing Group and the car itself will be partly manufactured in Britain, with JLR’s new Magna Steyr site in Austria handling the rest of production.
JLR CEO Ralf Speth 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.
A following 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.”
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.