Jaguar Land Rover is now reportedly considering shifting its electric car production to Slovakia unless UK ministers offer taxpayer support for a UK gigafactory. Tata Motors, which produces the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), is currently in talks with foreign battery makers Northvolt and SVolt Energy Technology to assemble their range of electric vehicles overseas.
The UK currently lacks a major electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant, and the loss of a major carmaker could signal doom for the country’s automotive industry.
This exodus from Tata Motors was triggered by a dispute over state funding for a gigafactory in the UK, which is key to Jaguar’s plans to go all-electric by 2025.
Previously, the firm announced that it would build new electric vehicles at existing factories in the Midlands, with some reports later adding that a gigafactory may also be built near Bristol or Redcar.
JLR moving its manufacturing to Slovakia could put as many as 30,000 UK jobs at risk.
However, Government sources have told the Telegraph that this threat is merely a negotiating tactic.
One insider said: “They are using this as a way to extract more money from the Government.”
During negotiations with UK ministers, Tata has narrowed down its potential sites for a new manufacturing plant to two.
According to the Telegraph, the Gravity business park near Bristol and the Teesworks site in Redcar are the frontrunners for the factory, with a final decision due by the end of June.
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