Jaguar Land Rover will produce electric cars at its factory in Castle Bromwich, UK, saving thousands of jobs at the site. The manufacturer wants to start with the electric Jaguar XJ.
From 2020, Jaguar Land Rover plans to produce an electric variant of each of its car models. To make this possible, the manufacturer is rebuilding its factory at Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham this summer. The factory will then make the company suitable for its MLA platform, or Modular Longitudinal Architecture, which is suitable for both petrol and diesel engines as well as electric propulsion.
Production of the current Jaguar XJ will stop at Castle Bromwich, but the electric variant will be the first electric car to roll off the assembly line at the upgraded production facility. The upcoming XJ model was designed by the same team responsible for the Jaguar I-Pace, the company’s first electric vehicle.
Jaguar Land Rover will produce the electric powertrain and battery packs in the British Midlands region. The electrification plans involve investments of several million pounds. This will lead to the retention of 2,500 jobs at the Castle Bromwich factory. In January, Jaguar announced it would cut 4,500 jobs due to poor operating results.