Jaguar Land Rover has announced their plans to build and design electric vehicles in the United Kingdom. This comes two days after the government promised $390 million pounds ($485 million USD) to support green technologies. The company is Britain's biggest car maker and the plans to develop and produce electric vehicles will potentially create thousands of jobs in the automotive sector around its Coventry base after the Brexit vote. Jaguar Land Rover currently operates three automotive plants in central and northern England. And they have been opening new factories all over the world to meet demand. Chief executive Ralf Speth confirmed the company's motives of doubling its output to 1 million cars by 2020 and production of electric vehicles will be essentially in achieving this goal. The Indian-owned car maker produced just under a third of Britain's 1.6 million cars last year. Speth had previously stated that designing and engineering its vehicles in the United Kingdom is a vital part of the company's heritage.
The company showcased their first ever electric car earlier this month which will be produced in Austria. The I-Pace was launched at the Los Angeles motor show. Although it is a concept car, the mass production model will be revealed in 2017 with production starting in 2018. They will be initially built by Magna Steyr but if demand is high, analysts believe they will build the new facilities to produce the vehicle in Britain. Speth told Reuters in September it made sense to build electric batteries and cars in its home market if the conditions, including pilot testing and support from science, were right. He has also stated he wanted to make Britain a global center for battery research and development of electric vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover currently employs 40,000 people in the United Kingdom, has declined to produce an estimate of jobs created by producing electric vehicles in Britain. However they have pledged to create half of its cars produced to be available in an electric version, the number of jobs will be significant. The company has yet to produce a timeline of their vision of when electric cars would be built in the United Kingdom or the jobs it will create.