GENEVA -- Jaguar Land Rover is waiting for more information on trading conditions after Brexit before it decides whether to make electric cars in its home market, CEO Ralf Speth said.
The automaker, which makes just under one in three of Britain's 1.7 million cars at three factories in the UK, is building its new I-Pace electric model in Austria with contract manufacturer Magna Steyr.
The company is due to decide this year whether to build electric vehicles in Britain but, like its peers, is worried about the imposition of tariffs or customs checks after Brexit, snarling up supply chains and adding costs to production.
"That makes the decision this year very, very critical and I don't know whether we can make it," Speth told Reuters at the Geneva auto show.
London and Brussels hope to agree on a transitional deal this month to maintain free and unfettered trade until at least the end of 2020, ahead of a long-term Brexit agreement to be decided by the end of the year.
Speth cited the need for government support. When asked whether Brexit was a factor in the decision-making process for future output, Speth said the company was "waiting for these kinds of decisions…uncertainty is really challenging us very much and not only us, it's for the complete industry."
"You hardly see inward investment any more or every decision is taking longer from every faculty. Therefore, it would be ... appropriate to get more information about these kinds of deals."