PLUGGED IN: JAGUAR LAND ROVER INSTALLS UK’S LARGEST SMART CHARGING FACILITY FOR EVs

Jaguar Land Rover has installed 166 smart charging outlets for electric vehicles at its Gaydon engineering centre
The cost-neutral charger network is available to all Jaguar Land Rover employees
Company sources 100 per cent renewable electricity for its UK facilities to enable carbon-free commuting
Charging services are supplied by NewMotion, the largest roaming charging network in Europe

Jaguar Land Rover has installed 166 smart charg­ing out­lets for elec­tric vehi­cles at its Gay­don engi­neer­ing cen­tre. The out­lets are for use by employ­ees to encour­age uptake of elec­tric vehi­cles – because research shows 40 per cent* of elec­tric car charg­ing in Europe takes place at work

Charg­ing points will also be installed in the vis­i­tors’ car park, so guests can take advan­tage of con­ve­nient fast charg­ing. This smart charg­ing net­work is believed to be the largest sin­gle instal­la­tion of its kind in the UK.

The 7kW AC smart charg­ing sta­tions, sup­plied by New­Mo­tion (a Shell com­pa­ny), can add 22 miles of range to an all –elec­tric Jaguar I-PACE every hour and 176 miles 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 con­ve­nient and sus­tain­able solu­tion for employ­ees who can’t charge at home

Jaguar Land Rover sources 100 per cent renew­able elec­tric­i­ty – gen­er­at­ed from nat­ur­al resources includ­ing solar and wind ener­gy – for its UK facil­i­ties, which will be used to pow­er the infra­struc­ture, pro­vid­ing car­bon-free com­mut­ing to employ­ees.

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.

Mick Cameron, Head of e-Mobil­i­ty at Jaguar Land Rover, 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. 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 per cent renew­able elec­tric­i­ty and we believe the new charg­ing points will help our employ­ees to tread light­ly on their dai­ly com­mute.”

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty is at the fore­front of the Design and Engi­neer­ing cen­tre in Gay­don. The 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 80,000m3 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.

Sytse Zuide­ma, CEO of New­Mo­tion, said: “As lead­ing provider of smart charg­ing solu­tions in Europe, our data shows when EV dri­vers are charg­ing their car, 40 per cent of the time this hap­pens at work. For the best pos­si­ble charg­ing expe­ri­ence for com­pa­nies and indi­vid­u­als, New­Mo­tion offers a range of ser­vices to ensure charg­ing is read­i­ly avail­able for EV dri­vers at home, at work and on the go. Con­vert­ing the park­ing spaces at Gay­don into the largest sin­gle site with smart charg­ing loca­tions pro­vides that work­place charg­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to Jaguar Land Rover’s employ­ees while our New­Mo­tion charge card gives them access to the largest roam­ing charg­ing net­work in Europe.”

Cur­rent­ly 75 per cent** of EV users are unable to charge their cars at work in the UK. The first phase of work­place charg­ing will pro­vide 166 smart charg­ing spaces for elec­tric vehi­cles at Jaguar Land Rover’s engi­neer­ing cen­tre in Gay­don before fur­ther charg­ers are installed at addi­tion­al UK sites.

Text and Pho­tos by Jaguar Land Rover

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