Land Rover promises greener cars

The UK-based car maker plans to boost the skills of its engineers as part of a £1m government ‘Advanced Skills Accreditation Scheme (ASAS).

The scheme will train engineers and focus on greener technologies, and Jaguar Land Rover has promised half of its 6,000-strong UK workforce will take part.

This will affect cars such as the Range Rover Evoque, currently built at the Halewood plant on Merseyside, as well as Jaguar’s two Midlands plants, where the likes of the Jaguar XF and the Jaguar XJ saloons are built.

JLR Executive Director Mike Wright said: “JLR has already begun the largest advanced engineering skills programme in the UK, to help us to deliver our low carbon vehicles of the future. We are planning for more than half of our 6,000 engineers to take part in the programme.

“If UK companies are going to be able to compete successfully in the future, we need to raise the skill levels throughout the supply chain and UK manufacturing as a whole.”

In the past 12 months, Land Rover has demonstrated its green technologies including a new 2.2-litre diesel engine for the Jaguar XF, making it the most fuel efficient XF in history.

It has also offering the 129g/km of CO2-emitting Range Rover Evoque and a two-wheel drive Land Rover Freelander.

The brand is also developing hybrid and electric technology, as demonstrated by trials of the Range_e, a Range Rover Sport-based vehicle using hybrid technology.

JLR Engineering Director Bob Joyce, said: “The next generation of green, high performance products demand very different concepts and technologies, and our engineers need to be equipped to deliver those innovations.”

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