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Jaguar Land Rover will lease 700 electric SUVs to healthcare provider as part of its plan to reduce emissions

A new deal between Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS will see 700 Jaguar I-Pace electric SUVs made available for healthcare staff across the country. 

The cars will be available on a three-year lease plan via Northumbria Healthcare’s NHS Fleet Solutions for personal and business use, and paid for by employees via salary sacrifice. 

The I-Paces are specified in entry-level S trim, which is available from £64,495. Modifications will likely be limited to the addition of NHS branding, in line with the organisation’s current fleet vehicles. 

A spokesperson for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: "Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reached a deal with Jaguar Land Rover UK which offered a very desirable car, at an attractive price which we knew would be welcomed by our public sector colleagues. The transition to 0% BiK in April has also led to an increased demand for public sector workers wanting to drive environmentally friendly vehicles - which they now have a tax incentive to do so."

The new deal comes as part of the health service’s ambition to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% before 2050. The organisation is the UK’s largest public sector emitter of carbon emissions and, as of September 2019, produced 5.4% of the UK’s total output. 

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 I-Pace will join the NHS fleet in April, and will be accessible to staff at 200 NHS Fleet Service member organisations. 

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Paul Dalgarno 22 January 2020

NHS costs?

If salary sacrifice then fine. If part of a perk then why is a public body using very expensive cars as company cars? Yes, attract talent, etc, but a £40k BMW/Audi/Merc could do the same cheaper. NHS money should be for patients and not perks?

bol 22 January 2020

These will be company cars or salary sacrifice options

Interesting to see how the discussion about this is going online. Lots of the predictable comments about the NHS having more important things to spend money on. What the article isn't clear about is that this will be a lease option for NHS employees who qualify for a contribution towards their motoring costs due to the amount of work related miles they do, or people who sacrifice salary and pension in return for lower tax payments on a lease car. Hardly controversial - or even newsworthy - that the iPace should be part of this scheme. They had deals on the Mercedes EQC last week. 

Cobnapint 21 January 2020

I just hope

That the people driving these things aren't those that may be required 'urgently' somewhere. There's always the chance of insufficient range left or non at all if they've forgotten to plug it in when they get home.
Pietro Cavolonero 21 January 2020

I doubt they are used as Emergency Response vehicles...

@Cobnapint... where would the stretcher go?!? Muppet
Cobnapint 22 January 2020

I'm thinking more

Pietro Cavolonero wrote:

@Cobnapint... where would the stretcher go?!? Muppet

Consultants, blood and organ delivery.