Jaguar Land Rover has opened the UK’s largest smart charging site for electrified vehicles.
Made up of 166 charging points, the site is at JLR’s Gaydon engineering centre and was built in conjunction with NewMotion, a company owned by Shell.
The 7kW charging points can add 22 miles of range to a Jaguar I-Pace battery in an hour, with it possible to get 176 miles of charge in an average eight-hour work day.
All the charging points are connected to NewMotion’s cloud network, allowing customers to use the system across Europe just by tapping on the machine with a single card – with users able to track their vehicle’s charge status through an app.
This step in electric mobility joins in with JLR sourcing all of its energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power.
Mick Cameron, JLR head of e-Mobility, 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.See Available Jaguar deals
“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.”
Sytse Zuidema, NewMotion chief executive officer, 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.
“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.”See Available Land Rover deals