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JLR’s electric announcement is great news for Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council has today welcomed the news that Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant is set to become the global car maker’s first all-electric production facility.

The announcement came as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) confirmed its intention to invest £15bn over the next five years to accelerate its move to an ‘electric-first’ future.

For Halewood to be chosen as the company’s first all-electric production facility is a major coup for the local workforce, and demonstrates just how important the company’s Knowsley location is to its future plans.

A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said: “We’re delighted at today’s news as it places JLR’s Knowsley plant at the very heart of the company’s future plans. It is fantastic, not only for the thousands of local people currently employed by JLR in Halewood, but it also means countless opportunities for the workforce of the future, too.

“We’re very proud to have JLR here in Knowsley and today’s announcement is further confirmation of just how committed they are to Halewood and to the local workforce, who will now be spearheading the company’s move into all-electric production.”

There are currently more than 3,700 people employed at the Knowsley plant, which will now take centre stage as JLR makes its major shift towards sustainable and carbon net zero car manufacturing.

The first of JLR’s next generation medium-size modern luxury SUVs will be an all-electric model from the Range Rover family, launching in 2025. It will be built right here in Halewood.

JLR’s Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Mardell, said: “Today I am proud to announce we are accelerating our electrification path, making one of our UK plants and our next-generation medium-size luxury SUV architecture fully electric.

“This investment enables us to deliver to our modern luxury electric future, developing new skills, and reaffirming our commitment to be net zero carbon by 2039.”