JLR launches electrification jobs drive

British car maker JLR is recruiting 250 new staff as part of its electrification expansion in the UK.

The parent company of Jaguar and Land Rover is hiring staff across battery manufacturing, design, software and propulsion departments to help with the development and roll-out of more electric models.

The group plans to offer a battery electric version of all of its models by 2030. This year will see the launch of an all-electric Range Rover and Jaguar is set to be reborn as a pure EV brand by 2025.

The new staff will be part of the teams developing JLR’s next generation of EVs as part of its Reimagine strategy. More than 40 roles are specifically battery engineering posts, working across energy storage systems, cell design, and related hardware and software.

These roles will contribute to the development of batteries which will be built in the UK at the Agratas Somerset gigafactory. The factory, due to open in 2026 is owned by JLR’s parent company Tata and JLR will be its main customer.

Alongside the battery-specific roles, the firm is hiring more engineers to work on propulsion systems, including propulsion software, electrical system component design and more.

The roles will be based at JLR’s Gaydon Engineering Centre and the company’s £250m Future Energy Lab in Whitley, Coventry, where JLR develops and tests batteries and electric drive units.

Thomas Mueller, JLR’s executive director of product engineering, said: “The realisation of our Reimagine strategy is dependent on our investment in people and technology. As we continue to invest in our facilities, we are now seeking very talented people to help us develop advancements in propulsion technology that will underpin our next generation modern luxury vehicles.”

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