Jaguar Land Rover wants to produce an EV such as the I-Pace.
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BEIJING – Jaguar Land Rover is planning to build an electric vehicle (EV) made in China.
The automaker wants to produce an EV such as the I-Pace, said Murray Dietsch, president of the joint venture.
Dietsch said details will be disclosed within a year.
“With the combination of the enhancement in SUV market and the expectation of higher penetration of battery-electric vehicles, you will see more battery-electric SUVs in the market in the future,” he said.
Jaguar Land Rover already makes the gasoline-powered E-Pace compact sport utility vehicle locally with its Chinese partner Chery Automobile Co.
Jaguar Land Rover, owned by Tata Motors Ltd., is seeking to tap growing demand for electric vehicles in China as the government promotes zero-emission automobiles to fight pollution and cut oil imports.
China is targeting to produce 7 million EVs a year by 2025.
“For the next three to five years, obviously our focus is getting ourselves ready for the policy changes on new-energy vehicles,” Dietsch said. “We’ve got a very detailed plan for us to be able to comply as you expect.” GAD/Expat Media
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