Jaguar Land Rover have announced a new R&D facility in the UK to work on hybrid and electric powertrains, and autonomous vehicles.
The center, named the National Automotive Innovation Campus, will be based at Warwick University in Coventry. The center will be the first of its kind that links automotive research with higher education. Construction of the center is expected to begin next September. Once completed, the facility will house around 1,000 academics, researchers, technologists, and engineers working on advanced technologies that could appear in future vehicles. Around 500 people will come from the company's advanced research team.
"Investing in collaboration, innovation, research and education is vital if we want to be on a par with our international competitors. Our future sales success, the success of our global business – and the UK economy – lies in the engineering and innovation that will take place in NAIC. Creating a new national focus for automotive research and consolidating Jaguar Land Rover’s growing research and advanced engineering operations in one center offers us huge potential. With a critical mass of research capability we will put the UK at the very center of the global automotive industry - with the NAIC at its hub,” said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover.