Jaguar has confirmed the next-generation of its XJ luxury saloon will be offered with an electric powertrain and will continue to be built at its Castle Bromwich facility.

Jaguar Land Rover said it would build a range of new electric vehicles at the Birmingham plant, safeguarding thousands of jobs in the process.

JLR said this the next stage of its electrification strategy and follows on from the vehicle giant In January confirming its plans to bring battery and electric drive unit assembly to the Midlands with investment in new and existing facilities.

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Later this month, work will begin to commence the installation of all-new facilities and technologies required to support JLR’s next-generation Modular Longitudinal Architecture platform, the firm said.  MLA enables flexible production diesel and petrol vehicles alongside full electric and hybrid models.

Dr. Ralf Speth, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK. We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and batteries to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

He added: “Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle. Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad. The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”