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UK Risks Car Collapse as Jaguar Land Rover Looks Elsewhere for Batteries

Britain’s biggest auto manufacturer is in talks with two suppliers about a range of EVs it may assemble in Slovakia.

Robotics work on the body of a Range Rover Sport SUV at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Solihull, UK.

Robotics work on the body of a Range Rover Sport SUV at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Solihull, UK.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Almost a decade after playing home to Europe’s first mass-produced electric car, the UK is at risk of becoming a footnote in the global auto industry’s shift to battery-powered vehicles.

The UK lacks the cell and pack factories automakers will need to support their transition away from the internal combustion engine. In what could be a fresh blow to British carmaking, the country’s top auto manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, is in talks with Northvolt AB and SVolt Energy Technology Co. about supplying batteries for a range of EVs it may assemble in Slovakia, according to people familiar with the matter.