Last week, Britain’s largest carmaker revealed it will build an electric version of the Jaguar XJ saloon at its Castle Bromwich factory1. Despite investing in electric vehicle manufacturing, electronic drive units and battery assembly plants in the Midlands, JLR has called for the creation of multiple ‘gigafactories’ in the UK to provide the large volumes of battery cells it will need. In the absence of a major UK manufacturer, these are currently imported from Asia².
The announcement comes as latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), show that sales of cars with alternative fuels – including battery electric vehicles and hybrids – were down 11.8% in June compared with the same month last year³.
Welcoming JLR’s investment in electric vehicles as a vital step forward, automotive engineering, research and testing firm HORIBA MIRA is encouraging the industry, through robust testing and development, to address the current issues deterring consumers from opting for such vehicles. This includes customer perception on so-called ‘range anxiety’ as well as the overall cost of such vehicles.