A prominent city council member has praised JLR’s significant investment in electric cars as a sign of the company’s faith in the community and its future.
The new £250 million Future Energy Lab in Whitley was opened to the public by Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration, and Climate Change.
Electric Drive Units (EDUs) are being developed in the 323,000 square foot technical center for Jaguar, Defender, Range Rover, and Discovery vehicles of JLR’s upcoming all electric lineup.
350 new jobs have been created at the factory as the automaker gets ready to introduce nine luxury electric vehicles by 2030.
JLR is reducing the expense and emissions related to transporting prototype car fleets across the globe for testing evaluations by expanding its on-site EV testing capabilities.
In order to further improve the Coventry site, JLR plans to invest an additional £22 million in 2020.
While its EDUs are conceived, produced, and tested by JLR engineers stationed at Whitley, the company’s next electric vehicle, the contemporary luxury Range Rover BEV, is one of the vehicles undergoing hundreds of thousands of hours of testing on these rigs. The vehicle is set to debut the following year.
Oliver Boakes, Chief Engineer, Powertrain Test Operations, JLR, stated: “This test facility is another gem in the crown of our journey towards an all-electric future. Our operations at Whitley are at the core of JLR, which is itself a prominent business in the local community. This is a noteworthy financial commitment for the company and the community.”
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