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The interior of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is on display during the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Britain’s biggest carmarker Jaguar Land Rover announced plans on building electric cars in Britain, just two days after the government promised $484 million worth endowment to support greener technologies.

Green technologies are those aspiring to mitigate or reverse the effects of human activity on the environment, and perhaps help with the climate challenge facing the world.

“We want to build our EVs (electric vehicles) in the West Midlands, in the home of our design and engineering,” Chief Executive Ralf Speth told an industry meeting on Thursday evening according to a spokeswoman.

Speth told Reuters in September it made sense to build electric batteries and cars in Britain if the conditions, including pilot testing and support from science, were right.

Any new production would be seen as a further boost to the automotive sector following the Brexit vote after Japanese carmaker Nissan said it would build two new models at the country’s biggest car plant.

Jaguar Land Rover wants half of its cars to be available in an electric version by the end of the decade, after showcasing its first electric car at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month.