London - Jaguar Land Rover is poised to expand its electric vehicle portfolio from next year, starting with the next-generation XJ.
The firm is expected to make a formal announcement this week that its Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham will make an eco-friendly version of its XJ saloon.
Due for launch in 2020, the all-electric XJ will be able to travel around 480km on a single charge. Following on from Jaguar's first electric vehicle, the I-Pace, the XJ will be the first of three additional EVs planned by Jaguar, with a large SUV coming next and a third model also being discussed.
The new XJ is seen as a competitor to high-end electric marques such as Tesla, and insiders at Jaguar hope it will appeal to businessmen -especially Chinese - with chauffeurs.
It comes as the British brand seeks to save £2.5bn (R44.6bn) a year by axing 4500 jobs.