Jaguar Land Rover Gets £1M for Electric Car Development

The JLR funding is part of a £12 million grant announced to help firms develop low carbon cars.

Published: 10-Jan-2010

CARMAKER Jaguar Land Rover received a boost as the Government awarded more than £1 million to help it develop state-of-the-art electric cars.

A grant of £1,103,392 will help pay for a £2 million project involving JLR, which operates factories in Birmingham and Solihull, and engineers Bladon Jets, based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The cash was announced by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson as he launched the Government’s new business strategy designed to help rebuild the economy following the recession.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Johnson Controls RE3 electric concept car interior.

RE3 electric concept car is designed to demonstrate use of different materials and flexible, novel ways of using space.

Magna International chief vehicle engineer Dick DeVogelaere with Project M electric car. Photo credit: EV World.Com.

Ford plans to make only 10,000 of the electric vehicles a year at first - very few by Detroit standards - to test the market cautiously. GM and Toyota are following a similar cautious approach.


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