JLR unveils new £250m electric vehicle test facility

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled a £250 million electric vehicle test facility at its engineering centre in Whitley, Coventry.

The move comes as the car manufacturers prepares to launch nine new luxury models by 2030 across all brands.

The facility, part of JLR’s £15 billion investment to electrify its luxury brands over the next five years, will significantly increase JLR’s test and development capacity, allowing the company to scale up its next generation EVs, reducing the need to transport across other global test facilities during the development process.

JLR executive director of product engineering Thomas Mueller said: “Our vehicles are, and continue to be, at the forefront of an all-electric automotive future.”

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Mueller added the facility is a core part of its strategy to achieve net zero by 2039 and is “is essential to providing the advanced testing capabilities that will be vital to the performance and reliability of the modern luxury vehicles we are proudly developing.”

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said the car manufacturer is “doubling down” on its commitment to the transition to EVs.

Street added that the West Midlands has been “right at the forefront of both automotive excellence and the transition to electric vehicle production.”

Elsewhere in the UK, BMW invested £600 million into upgrading its Oxford plant and building electric Mini models in the UK.

Additionally, earlier this year, JLR owner Tata unveiled its £4 billion investment on a flagship electric car battery factory in the UK, following uncertainty about whether the deal would go to Spain instead.

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