All that from just one car!
The sexy and sleek Jaguar I-Pace was one of the stars of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is serious about putting the electric-powered crossover into production, with work to begin soon in both the UK (battery manufacturing and production) and Austria (production). Autocar, citing a report from the Financial Times (paywall) says the I-Pace will create 10,000 new jobs in the UK. The Financial Times wasn’t exactly pulling a direct quote from a Jaguar Land Rover exec, though.
Instead, it was doing simple math, or maths since we’re talking about the English here. Speaking at a meeting of political an automotive leaders, JLR CEO Ralf Speth said, “We have a greater ambition. Why should we challenge ourselves to build more than a million cars? If we double the volume of our cars we can double the workforce.” In response to the Financial Times story, JLR offered up a long-winded statement that ended with the automaker standard "no comment." A single model bringing 10,000 new jobs to the UK is impressive. It’s even more so when you consider that new jobs will be brought to Austria as well.
The fact that a single EV is leading the charge is the most impressive part of this story. The rise of technology has led to a decline in the amount of jobs in the auto industry. But ironically enough, futuristic EVs could lead to a surge in new manufacturing jobs. These batteries need to be built somewhere after all. New factories and assembly lines will need to be built as well. It’ll take a few years to see if these 10,000 jobs are really created. If they are that could further spur electric vehicle development across the world. Yeah, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here but why not? If the UK can get more manufacturing jobs on the backs of electric vehicles then certainly the US can do the same!