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Trevor Collett | Dec, 01 2016 | 0 Comments

Jaguar Land Rover is the latest carmaker to cast off the potential shackles of the ‘Brexit’ decision, by reportedly reinforcing its commitment to manufacturing in the UK.

Following the unveiling of the Jaguar I-Pace all-electric SUV concept at the LA Auto Show, JLR has even proposed that it can switch to building EVs.

This would require significant investment, as the carmaker would need to retool existing facilities or construct new plants to meet the challenges that EV-making would bring.

The declaration is also a sideways step from an earlier suggestion that the road-going version of the I-Pace would be built by Magna Steyr in Austria.

A JLR spokeswoman, speaking with industry paper Automotive News, said JLR CEO Ralf Speth was keen to see the company’s future EVs built in the UK.

Jaguar I-Pace - above and top of page
Jaguar I-Pace - above and top of page

"We want to build our EVs in the West Midlands, in the home of our design and engineering," Speth said.

The news is all good for the UK Government, which may have been facing an exodus of carmakers should new trade arrangements with the European Union prove less than favourable following the Brexit decision.

Instead, the Renault Nissan Alliance has already voiced its confidence in future arrangements between the UK and the EU, and the UK Government has said similar deals will be offered to any carmaker wishing to build cars in the UK.

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