Jaguar Land Rover has announced that all its new cars will be electrified – be it mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric – from 2020.
The manufacturer made the announcement at its Tech Fest event at the Central Saint Martins University of the Arts in London.
“Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice,” said Dr Ralf Speth, JLR chief executive officer.
“We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, goes on sale next year.”
The company is displaying a concept version of the battery-electric I-Pace SUV at the event, but has so far issued no further details about the production version, nor any information about other electric JLR models.
In addition to the I-Pace concept, the company is also displaying an autonomous concept car known as the Future-Type, which does without a steering wheel and is capable of performing multiple tasks simultaneously.
JLR is also showing an electric version of the E-Type sports car, known as the E-Type Zero, developed by the firm’s in-house vintage specialist, Jaguar Classic, in Warwickshire.
The manufacturer is also showcasing an autonomous version of the Range Rover Sport, which has been subject to real-world testing. The Autonomous Urban Drive system is said to render a vehicle capable of operating without a driver through a city, obeying traffic lights and negotiate T-junctions and roundabouts. It “takes us a step closer to achieving level four autonomy in Jaguar Land Rover’s future vehicles within the next decade,” according to the firm.
The free Tech Fest event comprises an exhibition about the future of mobility and is open to the public from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday 10 September. Click here for more details.