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Jaguar Land Rover Announces £250m EV Test Site

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a brand-new test facility in Coventry as it looks to make further inroads into the electric vehicle (EV) arena.

Tata Motors Limited, the umbrella company that owns Jaguar Land Rover, unveiled the new £250m lab at its Whitley site on Monday as part of the manufacturer’s EV push.

The test site will support the rollout of Jaguar Land Rover’s fleet of “next generation” EVs, which will be powered by batteries built at a new factory in Somerset. This will see power units produced for its electrified Range Rover, Defender, Discovery and Jaguar models, while the company will also produce batteries for its rivals.

“This facility is being built essential to provide the advanced testing capabilities that will be vital to the performance and reliability of the modern luxury vehicles,” executive director Thomas Mueller said.

Some 200 engineers are already stationed at the test facility, with an extra 150 roles set to be created which will provide a significant boost to the local job market.

Jaguar Land Rover announced earlier this year that it would spend £4 billion to build a new EV battery factory based in the south-west. The announcement of this new test facility comes as part of the manufacturer’s £15 billion global investment pledge, which will be rolled out over the next five years.

With electric vehicles set to take over in the coming decade, you might be wondering what that means for your diesel-powered Land Rover. Keep in mind that the government has recently delayed its ban on diesel vehicles in 2030, citing worries over consumer cost as a major concern.

With this in mind, it’s clear you’ve got many years yet before EVs are compulsory. So if you’ve any repairs that need to be carried out or you’re in need of a complete Land Rover or Range Rover engine rebuild, there’s no reason to put this off.

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