Jaguar to build electric cars in UK… it hopes

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Jaguar recently showed off its first fully electric vehicle in the form of the I-Pace at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, said the group was aiming to double its global workforce as part of its target to increase production from 500,000 cars annually to one million a year by 2020.

Ralf Speth, chief executive of the Tata-owned business, told an industry meeting: "We want to build our EVs [electric vehicles] in the West Midlands, in the home of our design and engineering".

Britain's biggest carmarker Jaguar Land Rover announced plans on building electric cars in Britain, just two days after the government promised $484 million worth endowment to support greener technologies. However, this is dependent on overcoming infrastructure and capacity issues.

Speth told Reuters in September it made sense to build electric batteries and cars in its home market if the conditions, including pilot testing and support from science, were right.

In fact, the company targets to make around half the models in its portfolio to Electric Vehicles by that time, so as to move forward in a sustainable manner and divert away from the regular and conventional sources of energy. Interestingly, the company touted the I-Pace as a concept auto. The production version will be revealed in later 2017 and will be on the roads in 2018 with a predicted range of more than 500km on the NEDC cycle (220 miles EPA). Jaguar Land Rover is leading the software engineering revolution at the forefront of the shift from cogs to code, illustrated by the investment in electrical engineering which has trebled from £99m to £301m over the last five years, " the United Kingdom carmaker stated in a release. Why should we challenge ourselves to build more than a million cars? Jaguar Land Rover already invests about £3.5 billion in research and development each year, a spokesman said.

Speth said he wanted to build JLR's electric models in the UK. This is JLR's debut in the world of zero-emission battery-electric passenger vehicles.

JLR now has 40,000 staff employed in the UK.

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