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Jaguar Land Rover installs UK’s largest smart charging facility

Jaguar Land Rover has installed 166 smart EV charging outlets at its Gaydon engineering centre in Warwickshire, England

The charging network is made available to all Jaguar Land Rover employees. There is also a plan in place for charging points to be installed in the visitors’ car park, so guests can take advantage of convenient fast charging.

The 7kW AC smart charging stations, supplied by NewMotion (a Shell company), can add 22 miles (35 km) of range to an all –electric Jaguar I-PACE every hour and 176 miles (283 km) in total during an eight-hour day. The stations are cloud-connected and integrated with the NewMotion public charging network, so employees can charge at stations across Europe using a single card. Users can also monitor and track charging throughout the day with a smartphone app.

The charge points will offer both financial and environmental benefits for PHEV and BEV drivers alike, while providing a sustainable solution for employees who are unable to charge at home.

Jaguar Land Rover’s electricity supply is backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO), meaning a proportion of EDF Energy’s renewable energy is ring-fenced for the company. In this case, the REGO scheme certifies that Jaguar Land Rover’s entire supply comes from renewable generation.

“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. The Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first premium battery electric vehicle, arrived in showrooms in March 2018 and has since won 55 international awards including European Car of the Year 2019. 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% renewable electricity and we believe the new charging points will help our employees to tread lightly on their daily commute,” said Mick Cameron, Head of e-Mobility at Jaguar Land Rover.

The Gaydon new building is on track to receive a rating of BREEAM “Excellent” – a trusted mark from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) which represents the top 10% of UK new non-domestic buildings showing best practice in building construction and operation. The new building features the latest photovoltaic panels, thermal installation, low environmental impact construction materials and efficient LED lighting systems. These will help the building to achieve an improvement in CO2 emissions ahead of the national average.

Furthermore, around 80,000 m3 of soil has been reused from the Gaydon construction activities to create an Ecological Enhancement Area (EEA) next to Gaydon village – equivalent in size to 15 rugby pitches. The EEAs recreate low nutrient grassland, lost through much of the UK’s intensive farming, which support locally important butterfly and bee species.

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