Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), owned by Tata Motors, has ambitious plans to introduce eight battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in India by 2030. Currently, the company offers one electric model, the Jaguar I-Pace, in the Indian market.
According to Lennard Hoornik, JLR’s Chief Commercial Officer, the company will start accepting orders for the Range Rover BEV in India next year, with deliveries expected to commence in 2025.
Hoornik emphasized during an interview with PTI that the Indian market is a significant strategic priority for JLR, and the country is moving in the right direction regarding the transition to electric mobility.
He highlighted the importance of subsidies, charging infrastructure, and affordable EVs in driving electric car adoption in India. Government subsidies, he noted, can play a crucial role in jumpstarting the transformation to electric vehicles.
JLR’s roadmap for India includes expanding its Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Defender brands, which have a strong presence in the Indian market. Each of these brands will have its growth strategy and retail landscape to cater to different audiences.
In terms of performance, JLR reported over 100% sales growth in India during the April-June period of this fiscal year and expects to maintain this positive momentum. Hoornik also expressed confidence in India’s luxury car market growth, citing factors such as a high GDP growth rate, a young population, and rapid road infrastructure development.
Tata Group, JLR’s parent company, previously announced a substantial investment of £4 billion to establish a gigafactory in the UK for manufacturing batteries for Jaguar Land Rover and other automakers.
This gigafactory, one of the largest in Europe, is set to supply batteries for JLR’s future electric models, including the Range Rover, Defender, Discovery, and Jaguar brands, with production expected to begin in 2026.