Jaguar Land Rover is fighting to preserve its planned electric vehicle manufacture in the United Kingdom

Concerns that the UK is lagging in the battle to create key large-scale battery plants have fueled a battle to keep Jaguar Land Rover’s future electric vehicle range in production. Despite suggestions that it would construct electric vehicles in Eastern Europe, the firm, which is controlled by the Indian giant Tata, said it was continuing to “examine all alternatives” for battery supply.

According to Bloomberg, Jaguar Land Rover is considering purchasing batteries from Sweden’s Northvolt AB or China’s SVOLT Energy Technology for a series of electric cars it plans to construct in Slovakia. The company is also in negotiations with the United Kingdom government about funding for a battery plant, or “gigafactory,” to assure a local supply of batteries.

This follows JLR’s announcement last year that the Jaguar brand would be electric-only by the year 2025, as well as a vow to eliminate gasoline vehicles entirely over the next decade. It presently only has one fully electric variant, the I-Pace, which is manufactured in Austria.

A portion of its strategy, the business stated that it would “retain our production and assembly amenities in the native UK market and across the world.” “We’re still looking into all options for battery supply.  At this time, no conclusions have been taken,” a spokesperson said.

JLR has already stated that it will maintain all of its main facilities in the West Midlands as portion of its transition to electric. The company employs 30,000 employees in the UK. The company now has manufacturing plants in Austria and Slovakia, as well as in Asia and Brazil.

Battery plants are viewed as critical for the UK automotive industry’s prospects as it transitions away from the manufacture of worldwide combustion engine automobiles. Asian manufacturers have dominated the worldwide battery supply, particularly in South Korea, China, and Japan, while Europe and the United States have been catching up.

Although batteries are by far the most expensive component of an electric car, the development of UK facilities has been slow. Envision, a Chinese company is developing a facility in Sunderland near Nissan’s vehicle plant, and Britishvolt, a UK startup, is soliciting money for a gigafactory just next to Blyth, Northumberland.

At the outset of the year, the United Kingdom government revealed a £100 million investment in Britishvolt as a portion of its automotive transformation program. It has also held discussions with six vehicle manufacturers about the construction of gigafactories.

Another investment has been tough to come by in recent years, as per Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). “Europe is catching up to Asia,” he stated. “The uncertainty around Brexit and what was likely to occur for the next five years made it increasingly hard to invest in the UK because, by definition, you didn’t know what the business conditions would be, therefore you didn’t know how long manufacturing would be viable.”

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