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Jaguar Land Rover installs 'UK's largest' EV charging facility

Jaguar Land Rover has opened what it calls the ‘UK’s largest’ EV charging facility at one of its sites.

Consisting of 166 outlets, the facility has been opened at the firm’s engineering centre in Gaydon, Warwick, and is available to all JLR employees.

The outlets are part of the NewMotion charging network, operated by oil giants Shell. It means Jaguar Land Rover employees will also be able to use one card to access other publicly available charging points across Europe — as well as monitoring their vehicle’s battery via a smartphone application. Visitors to JLR’s Gaydon site will also be able to take advantage of the facility.

As all charging stations are 7kW AC outlets, JLR claims an all-electric I-Pace can receive an extra 22 miles of range per hour — and receive 176 miles’ worth of charge during a regular eight-hour working day.

Mick Cameron, head of e-mobility at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “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.”

Currently, Jaguar Land Rover offers just one all-electric vehicle in the form of its I-Pace SUV, while plug-in hybrid variants of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are available too.