An Oxford-based firm has announced plans to build 1,000 electric Range Rovers a year, creating about 250 new jobs.
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Liberty Electric Cars said it would begin manufacturing the plug-in in Cramlington, Northumberland later this year.
The firm claimed it would invest £30m in the venture, which is expected to inject more than £120m a year into the local economy.
Electric Range Rover
Barry Shrier, chief executive of Liberty, said: ‘The Liberty Electric Range Rover takes electric vehicle technology into a new sector, to large that people aspire to drive, particularly in cities and urban environments where environmental controls are becoming increasingly tighter.’
The new Range Rover would be the world’s first zero-emission, electric vehicle and enter a niche made up of much smaller models.
As Which? reported on Thursday, sales of electric cars slumped in 2008. And, according to official statistics, less than 5,000 electric vehicles have been registered in the UK since 2004.
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