At Solihull plant, 100 of these roles will be maintenance technicians that will operate and maintain nearly 700 robots at the brand’s new £130 million automated body production facility. The new body shop will increase in Range Rover and Range Rover Sport production by 30%.
These 100 technicians will also be trained to work on a new £70m body production system that will be used to help build the new electric Range Rover.
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Future looking will be the focus of the other 200 new recruits – a mix of technicians and test engineers. Based at the Gaydon engineering centre and Whitley powertrain facility, they will work on testing and developing JLR’s next-generation electric vehicles.
These EVs will start with the Range Rover electric at the end of 2024 – pre-orders to open later this year – followed by a trio of “jaw-dropping” electric Jaguar, the first of which will be a 2025-bound 4-door GT.
Both will be built at Solihull, which along with the Wolverhampton engine plant and Halewood factory, will be transformed to produce electric vehicles as part of this £15bn investment.