It's also been announced that more jobs are likely to be lost at Ford.
The cuts, representing roughly 10 per cent the company's workforce, are part of a $3.2 billion (2.5 billion-pound) push announced past year to reduce costs and boost cash flow through 2020.
It comes as new figures revealed the company saw sales drop 4.6 per cent previous year to 592,708 vehicles worldwide, with a fall of 6.4 per cent in December.
JLR is also one of the most heavily-exposed auto makers to ongoing consumer confusion about the wisdom of buying a diesel vehicle in the aftermath of the VW emissions scandal.
The electric cars will be built at its Wolverhampton engine plant and it will create a new battery assembly centre at Hams Hall near Birmingham as it develops a greener range of cars.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover's CEO, described today's moves as "taking decisive action to help deliver long-term growth, in the face of multiple geopolitical and regulatory disruptions as well as technology challenges facing the automotive industry".
This means nearly one in eight United Kingdom workers will lose their jobs at the luxury carmaker, which employs 44,000 workers across the country, including around 1,800 people at its engine plant at the i54 in Wolverhampton.
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With the fallout from the VW emissions scandal continuing to be felt, United Kingdom sales of diesel cars declined by 29.6 per cent in 2018. "We will continue to work closely with the company to support their long-term plans". JRL said they come as demand for diesel-powered vehicles continues to fall.
Des Quinn, a Unite national officer, said: "Britain's vehicle workers have been caught in the crosshairs of the Government's botched handling of Brexit, mounting economic uncertainty and ministers' demonisation of diesel, which along with the threat of a no-deal Brexit, is damaging consumer confidence".
The auto manufacturer has been moving its production of the Land Rover Discovery model from its plant in Solihull, West Midlands to Eastern Europe since 2015.
JLR also employs around 10,000 people in Solihull - its biggest factory - and around 3,200 at its Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwich, where a three-day week was introduced in the autumn.
The company will start a voluntary redundancy programme.
JLR, which became Britain's biggest carmaker in 2016, had been on course to build around 1 million vehicles by the turn of the decade, reported on Thursday a 4.6 percent drop in full-year sales to just under 600,000 vehicles.
Most commentators have concluded that the chance of a no-deal Brexit have increased with the governor of the Bank of England recently describing the probability as "uncomfortably high".
It has hired 4,000 workers in China since 2014.