Jaguar Land Rover is concerned about Brexit’s advance: keeping jobs!
Jobs may be at risk from March next year at the largest auto company in the region.
Brexit, the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union launched in 2016, could cost tens of thousands less jobs for the Jaguar Land Rover. The announcement was made on Tuesday (12) by chief executive Ralph Speth to Prime Minister Theresa May. The cut would occur largely because of the breach of supply chains, which the company would be forced to do on March 30 next year – the day immediately after departure – and would have a significant impact on the production line.
It is not the first time that Ralph and his company have positioned themselves on the problematic unfolding of the decision. Speaking to the Financial Times in July, Speth said the auto industry could become unviable in the region if relations were cut with the EU. Brexit could ultimately cost £ 1.2 billion a year in customs fees and freeze advances in hybrid and electric models – the latter a major focus for the company.
The ratings are noteworthy as they come from the UK’s largest automobile manufacturer, which now hires 40,000 employees and exports 18 billion pounds worth of goods annually. They also put another delicate point on the bloc’s exit negotiations. The prime minister runs the risk of losing her post after a group of Conservative MPs have expressed the possibility of moving ahead with a vote of no confidence, which could result in her deposition if she does not find support from other more bloc representatives. conservative of his government.
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May’s plan involves maintaining future relations between the European Union and Britain, avoiding the creation of a border in Northern Ireland but giving the parliament the freedom to take decisions contrary to EU interests – including on issues such as immigration. For critics, the plan would not be firm enough and would be unable to represent the will of the voters.
Jaguar Land Rover has already announced that it will mount the Discovery line at its factory in Slovakia, rather than making a midfield between the country and Britain. Sporting drinkers and jeeps for weekend adventurers, then, suffer in the same way from open market crises as poisoned motorcycles: last month Harley-Davidson claimed to be unable to keep its factories in the US exporting to Europe under the tariff war – suggesting that at least part of the assembly for export is made in Brazil or India.
What you need to know about I-PACE, Jaguar’s first electric car
The English brand faces technology, which sees as instrumental to its future
Jaguar presented details of the commercial version of its first electric car, the I-PACE. The model features a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that delivers 480km of range before it needs to be recharged.
The car mixes the profile of a utility with the temperament of a sports car. Under the hood, the I-PACE is capable of 394bhp of power and 71Kgfm of instant torque, ranging from 0 to 100km / h in 4.8 seconds. This and the autonomy are due to a pair of identical electric motors for each axis, that offer traction to the four wheels. They are installed very low inside the chassis, giving the car a reduced body roll.
Not bad – even more so considering that Jaguar plans an alloy formed only by electric cars. But for lovers of pure and simple speed, maybe it’s worth keeping an eye on the most powerful Tesla Roadster and the Porsche Mission E.
And that’s ok, Jaguar does not plan to win every stretch of the world with its I-PACE. The idea is to create the most elegant electric machine on the market. In addition to the electric motor, another highlight goes to the onboard vehicle system, which offers varied functions. It gives to control temperature, sound system, driving mode, among others are controlled by only two rotary knobs. Or even have your preferences temperature, the position of the seats and driving mode saved by the system – the I-PACE “sees” your cell phone via bluetooth and from there it adjusts even before the user feels behind the wheel.
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Going by the trends set during the CES, it will also be compatible with Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa, allowing the user to check things such as vehicle load level in the comfort of home. By the way, the car battery runs from 0 to 80% in up to 40 minutes, through a 100kW charger. Already when loaded into a standard 7kW home socket, 80% charge is reached in 10 hours.
I-PACE will be fully developed in the United Kingdom, produced at the state-of-the-art Jaguar Land Rover plant in Graz, Austria in partnership with Magna Steyr. The electric vehicle is part of Jaguar’s family of SUVs, which also feature the F-PACE – the brand’s best-selling vehicle in Brazil and the world in 2017 – and the newly introduced compact SUV, the E-PACE.