From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, as announced by the company at its inaugural Tech Fest, a series of debates and a free public exhibition about the future of mobility, held in London, UK.
“Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice.
“We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles,” said Jaguar Land Rover chief executive officer Dr Ralf Speth.
The company’s first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale next year.
Among the electrified cars that can be expected to be seen in the future are the Jaguar E-Type Zero, Jaguar I-PACE Concept, and Jaguar Future-Type.
The Future-Type is a fully autonomous virtual concept with an interface that allows users to separately access different digital orbits.
At its heart is Sayer, the first voice activated steering wheel that will be able to carry out hundreds of tasks, named after Malcolm Sayer, designer of the E-type.
The advanced speech recognition software will allow it to answer questions, connect to news, organise travel and select entertainment.
It will also be able to assist with ordering shopping or food.
Besides that, the company is also already testing driverless cars in the real world, namely the Range Rover Sport which utilises Autonomous Urban Drive which can enable a vehicle to operate without a driver through a city, obeying traffic lights as well as negotiating T-junctions and roundabouts.
Meanwhile, the new Range Rover Velar contains intelligent technology in the form of the quad core processor.
It is equipped with a Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which incorporates two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens – known as Blade – which allows the owner to interact with the car from anywhere, enabling them to start it with a smartphone, lock or unlock it, locate it, check fuel levels or even warm the cabin up before getting in.