British car manufacturer follows in the wake of Volvo to end internal combustion engine car production
Where Volvo lead, others follow…
In a sign of things to come, Jaguar Land Rover has become the second large-scale car manufacturer to announce that it will cease producing cars based around the internal combustion engine from 2020.
JLA has said that it's aim is to only build all-electric and hybrid vehicles, with a target date set a year after Volvo's self-imposed deadline.
This is quite the statement from a manufacturer that currently only has a couple of new-wave concepts under its belt, but it's an admirable goal which shows the courage of its convictions.
Earlier this year Volvo made a similar statement, going a step further with a pledge to have sold a million electric vehicles by 2025, with five new electric models planned for roll-out between 2019 and 2021 – including two high-performance models from its Polestar sub-brand, to compete with Tesla.
Dr Ralf Speth, JLR’s chief executive, said: “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice.”
With more manufacturers expected to follow suit, and a large amount of new hybrid or electric models being announced on a regular basis, the writing is on the wall for petrol and diesel engines.