Business

The first UK-made Jaguar electric car is to be a £100,000 four-door grand tourer, the vehicle’s manufacturer has announced.

The UK’s largest carmaker said its first British car to run fully on batteries will be made in the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Solihull plant in the West Midlands and will be available in selected markets next year.

A separate UK JLR factory, in Halewood, Merseyside, will also go fully electric in due course, the company announced on Wednesday.

Exactly when is not known but a company spokesperson said electric cars will begin rolling off the production line in the first six months of 2025.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player


2:31

Mike Hawes from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on why car registrations were up 18.2% on last year.

The investment is the organisation’s attempt to catch up with luxury rivals, such as BMW and Mercedes, which already have a range of electric vehicles on the market.

In an effort to facilitate its electric car production, JLR’s owner, Indian multinational conglomerate Tata, had asked the government for millions in support to build a gigafactory to make car batteries.

A decision has yet to be made on where the factory will be located, throwing the future of the UK car industry into question.

More on Electric Cars

There are currently no gigafactories in the UK and the company behind a planned gigafactory, Britishvolt, entered into and was bought out of administration earlier this year.

At an event on Wednesday to announce the plans, the JLR chief executive was firm that his company would be an anchor customer of the factory but would not be building a gigafactory itself.

“That is not within our plans,” Adrian Mardell told reporters.

“Tata will be building a gigafactory. We are clear it’s going to be in Europe. A final destination hasn’t yet been chosen.”

Spain is reportedly a rival option to the UK for the battery plant and a decision on the project is said to be imminent, though it would take at least four years for the factory to be up and running.

If batteries are shipped from Spain, the cost of producing cars in the UK would be large.

Read more:
Jaguar Land Rover boss to leave business ‘for personal reasons’

JLR have not said where they would source the batteries for the UK factories.

The Jaguar brand set itself a deadline of 2025 to become all-electric but it currently only has one electric car on the market, which is made in Austria.

JLR has said it will meet the government’s target of selling only electric vehicles by 2030.

Articles You May Like

Oil prices extend losing streak, on pace for third daily decline
Iran officially in mourning – but President Raisi’s opponents celebrate his death with fireworks
Climate change made UK’s soggy winter even wetter, study finds
Toyota announces nationwide dealer rollout of Tern Class 8 electric semi
Nissan to launch a new Rogue-like electric SUV, but production delays continue