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JLR wants to build electric cars in UK

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 01:23

Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover says it wants to build electric cars in Britain in what would be a further boost to the UK automotive sector after the Brexit vote. David Pollard reports.

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It used to be about speed - and looks. Now it's about the environment and clean energy - and still, they might claim, speed and looks. Jaguar Land Rover's first electric concept car making its debut in Los Angeles this month. The 'I-Pace' promising 400 horsepower and a 0 to 60 mph time of four seconds. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAN CALLUM, JAGUAR DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, SAYING: "We looked to the future and said this is the only way we are going to do this. So, we did it. That's it. You know." But the race for Britain to keep its car industry intact through Brexit is also on. And may have just taken another step forward. JLR now saying it wants to build electric vehicles - EVs - in Britain. UK finance minister Philip Hammond announced nearly half a billion dollars worth of funding for green technology in his budget plan this week. JLR says it won't comment on any timelines. But boss Ralf Speth suggested the Indian-owned firm wants to build new EVs in the home, he said, of JLR design and engineering. Nissan committed in October to producing two new models at its UK plant. This statement of intent from JLR potentially another boost as the UK government searches for a new industrial road map.

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JLR wants to build electric cars in UK

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 01:23