UK car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is to open a software engineering centre in Shannon, Co Clare, which will create 150 jobs.

JLR said last year that all its new cars would be available in an electric or hybrid version from 2020 and is building its first fully electric model, the I-PACE, in Austria, which will go on sale in 2018.

The company said it had selected Shannon as the town is a globally recognised centre of excellence for software engineering talent. 

"The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies," JLR's executive director of product engineering Nick Rogers said. 

"The creation of a team in Shannon strengthens our international engineering capabilities and complements our existing team of more than 10,000 engineers based in the UK," he added. 

The new Shannon positions will focus on advanced automated driving and electrification technologies.

The announcement has been welcomed by the Shannon Group which embarked on a €40m building infrastructure programme two years ago to increase the availability of high spec commercial space at the zone.

Shannon Commercial Properties' managing director Ray O'Driscoll said it was a huge endorsement of that building programme capable of winning major inward investment.