Jaguar Land Rover is developing a hydrogen fuel cell-powered powertrain, the prototype of which is set to be tested on UK roads within the next 12 months.
The carmaker confirmed the news today (15th Feb) as part of plans to “reimagine” the future of Jaguar Land Rover as the company strives to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039.
Jaguar Land Rover said in line with the maturing of the hydrogen economy, development is already underway of a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain which will arrive on UK roads within the next 12 months, as part of a long-term investment programme.
Speaking at a press conference today, Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said, “We have something truly unique at Jaguar Land Rover, truly unique in the automotive industry and now is the time to realise its potential.”
“Together with our talented, passionate people here in the UK, Slovakia, China and across the globe, we have all the ingredients at our disposal to reimagine the business and the experiences our customers seek to reimagine the benchmark of luxury, to lead on sustainable and quality as a business, as Jaguar and as Land Rover. We have all the ingredients to define what modern luxury is in the world of tomorrow.”
“At the heart of reimagine will be the electrification of both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. Electrification is truly exciting for us.”
He continued, “But we will not limit ourselves to pure electric. As the hydrogen economy accelerates the clean decarbonisation of global industry, fuel cell technology is the logical complementary step.”
“To ready ourselves for the expected adoption of this natural energy source of the future, we will begin testing prototypes on UK roads this year.”
“Our accelerated path towards electrification will contribute to our goal of becoming net zero carbon by 2039.”