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Land Rover To Press Ahead With Planned Gigafactory

It has been an interesting time for Jaguar Land Rover in recent days. The company has just confirmed that acting CEO Adrian Mardell is to get the job permanently, announced the best first quarter cashflow in its history with £6.9 billion in revenue and profit before tax of £435 million, and revealed that a £4 billion Tata factory will supply its future electric vehicles.

The last of these commitments is particularly significant, not least as there is much talk of the government rowing back on its target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030, following the backlash to the London low emissions zone that helped save the Conservatives from losing the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election.

However, Mr Mardell has confirmed the gigafactory “plans will stay the same”, even if there is a change of policy at the top. Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy is clear and evidently not one to be swayed by fickle political fortunes or speculation.

All that make some wonder about what happens to existing diesel-powered Land Rovers as electric vehicles take over. The first thing to note is that this will take time, with or without a 2030 deadline, but an outright ban would in any case come in long after that.

Consequently, if you need Land Rover engine repairs for your current model, you can be sure that a revamped engine will still have many years of good use yet before you become legally obliged to run an electric vehicle.

It has been reported that the government has committed £500 million in subsidies towards the Tata gigafactory, which will be situated in Somerset, a move that may have helped the Indian firm’s decision to locate it in the UK and not Spain. That indicates the government is keen enough to go on backing electric vehicles.

Nonetheless, the process will take time, so if you need repairs to your Land Rover engine now, do not hesitate to get them.

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