Jaguar Land Rover has revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, in the UK. The company says the announcement is the next step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020.
The first new electric car to be produced at the plant will be Jaguar’s flagship luxury saloon, the XJ.
The new all-electric model will be created by the same team of designers and product development specialists responsible for delivering the world’s first premium electric SUV, and 2019 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE.
In January, the company confirmed plans to bring battery and Electric Drive Unit (EDU) assembly to the UK Midlands with investment in new and existing facilities.
This new announcement will safeguard several thousand jobs in the UK and is the next stage in execution of Jaguar Land Rover’s electrification strategy.
The new Battery Assembly Centre, to be operational in 2020, will have an installed capacity of 150,000 units. Together with the Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC), home of Jaguar Land Rover’s global EDU production, these facilities will power the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Work will soon begin at the Castle Bromwich plant to commence the installation of all-new facilities and technologies required to support Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Designed and engineered in-house, Jaguar says that the MLA enables flexible production of clean efficient diesel and petrol vehicles alongside full electric and hybrid models.