BYD will supply batteries for Jaguar Land RoverJune 9, 2020
Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD to launch production in the UK.
Automotive News Europe, citing its own sources, says that if the agreement is signed, BYD may open its production in the UK. Such a step will be a serious incentive for the British industry in the production of electric cars, the volumes of which are quite modest in comparison with other world markets. The government launched the Faraday Battery Challenge in 2017, which was supposed to stimulate the production of battery cars.
The source also claims that JLR and BYD are considering collaborating on the development of electric power plants. The British manufacturer already has an alliance with BMW to develop electrified powertrains. It is not clear whether the BYD deal will change the terms of cooperation with the Bavarians or not.
Until recently, BYD’s European presence was limited to the electric buses the company is building in Hungary and France. Last month, the Chinese automaker launched the Tang EV600 electric SUV, which will mark the brand’s entry into the European market and should go on sale in Norway later this year.
JLR invests heavily in electrifying its range. The company invested about £ 1 billion in its plants in Castle Bromwich and Solihull to upgrade them in preparation for the launch of a new modular platform that allows the use of internal combustion engines, hybrid and all-electric engines.
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