Jaguar Land Rover sets out to train workers and dealers for the world of electric vehicles

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said on Wednesday it will retrain 29,000 staff and retail workers around the world over the next three years to design, build and service electric vehicles ( VE) before moving away from fossil fuels. – petrol cars.

Tata Motors’ India unit (TAMO.NS) said the majority of its retailers’ technicians are expected to receive training on EV servicing this fiscal year to “fill emerging skills gaps”. .

The shift to electric vehicles means automakers must provide new skills to workers trained to make and service fossil-fuel models. Many people worry that fewer moving parts in electric vehicles mean fewer high-paying manufacturing jobs in the auto industry, especially in engine or transmission plants.

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said it would retrain “thousands of highly skilled automotive engineers and production workers, who previously worked on the development of internal combustion cars, to specialize in electrification, cars digital and autonomous”.

Sales of electric vehicles have risen sharply in Europe over the past two years and impending bans on fossil fuel cars mean more are to come. JLR’s luxury Jaguar brand will be fully electric by 2025 and the automaker will launch electric versions of its entire range by 2030.

JLR has developed its own training materials in cooperation with Coventry University and the University of Warwick.

“Plant employees at all levels will need training to ensure they can work safely around high-voltage systems,” JLR said.

Karl “Freddy” Gunnarsson, an engineer who worked at JLR on diesel and gasoline catalytic converters, has already retrained and works on a team dedicated to increasing EV battery density to maximize vehicle range .

“This (EV range) is what we are going to compete on,” Gunnarsson told Reuters. “So from that side of the business, you can feel the excitement all the way to the CEO.”

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Reporting by Nick Carey Editing by Mark Potter

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