In an effort to encourage uptake of electric vehicles amongst Jaguar Land Rover employees, the company has just installed 166 smart charging outlets at its Gaydon engineering centre.
The installation comes after new research shows 40 per cent* of electric car charging in Europe takes place whilst parked at a place of work. Consisting of 7kW AC smart charging stations, supplied by NewMotion (a Shell company), the new installation can see a Jaguar I-PACE gain 22 miles of range every hour. During an eight-hour work day, that’s a total of 176 miles of additional range.
The cost-neutral network of chargers has been made available to all Jaguar Land Rover employees and, thanks to the chargers being cloud-connected, also grants access to any NewMotion public charger across Europe.
In the near future, the installation is set to expand into the visitors’ car park at the facility, allowing guests to take advantage of the system and growing further what is already considered the largest installation of its kind in the UK.
Ensuring that the charging network benefits the environment as intended, it joins Jaguar Land Rover’s existing electricity deal with EDF, which is sourced entirely from renewable sources, such as solar and wind energy.
Enjoying the status of being carbon-neutral, Jaguar Land Rover opened this new facility shortly after being awarded for their environmental standards. The ISO 14001 standard is globally recognised and further strengthens the company's commitment to sustainable energy.
Talking of the new installation, Mick Cameron Head of E-Mobility at JLR said:
“Every new Jaguar and Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice. We have already introduced a portfolio of electrified products across our model ranges, including fully electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid (MHEV) vehicles.
“We hope that by providing a network of electric charging points to staff and visitors at our Gaydon engineering centre we can help encourage the uptake of alternative fuels amongst our employees. It’s all part of our commitment to acting more sustainably – our UK facilities are already powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity and we believe the new charging points will help our employees to tread lightly on their daily commute.”
Research from ZapMap shows that 75 per cent of EV users cannot currently charge their vehicles at work in the UK; limiting charging to people’s homes and public chargers. Jaguar Land Rover hopes that this new installation can demonstrate a positive change that encourages other businesses to add electric chargers to their own facilities.
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