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March 19, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover ‘electrifies’ Gaydon engineering centre

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has installed what it claims is the UK's largest EV smart charging facility with 166 outlets at its Gaydon engineering centre in England.

By Olly Wehring

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has installed what it claims is the UK's largest EV smart charging facility with 166 outlets at its Gaydon engineering centre in England.

The outlets are for use by employees to encourage uptake of electric vehicles, The automaker said research shows 40% of electric car charging in Europe takes place at work.

Charging points will also be installed in the visitors car park.

"This smart charging network is believed to be the largest single installation of its kind in the UK," JLR said.

The 7kW AC smart charging stations, supplied by Shell company NewMotion, can add 22 miles of range to a Jaguar I-Pace every hour and 176 miles in 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.

Jaguar Land Rover sources 100% 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.

The 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 the entire supply comes from renewable generation.

The automaker plans to electrify all its model lines from 2020 and plans to install more chargers at other UK sites.

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