NHS Northumbria gets fleet of 700 Jaguar I-Paces
Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust will lease the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to its public sector staff across the UK
The fleet of I-Paces will be available for NHS staff to lease from April, with employees paying for their vehicles via salary sacrifice. NHS Fleet Solutions will act as the go-between for Jaguar and NHS staff, with all the income from the leasing scheme due to be reinvested back into patient care.
The NHS hopes this decision will compliment its ambition to reduce its carbon footprint. Sir James Mackey, Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “To have a fleet of cars that are fully electric demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making decisions that reduce our impact on the environment and help us become greener.”
The £65,000 Jaguar I-Pace SUV was the Auto Express 2018 Car of the Year, due to its impressive driving dynamics, its compliant chassis, it’s fast charge times and near-300 mile range – all of which made it one of the first truly usable electric vehicles.
It’s powered by a 90kWh battery pack, which drives a pair of electric motors. The powertrain develops a combined output of 396bhp and 696Nm of torque, giving the I-Pace a claimed 0–62mph time of 4.8 seconds and a maximum range of 298 miles. Also, when plugged into a 50kWh fast-charger, it’ll recover charge at a rate of 168 miles per hour.
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