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UK’s busiest airport will put up to 200 I-Paces into work this summer
Sam Sheehan
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8 May 2018

Passengers flying to and from Heathrow Airport will have access to up to 200 Jaguar I-Pace chauffeur cars starting this summer, thanks to a new deal that’ll create the UK’s largest EV chauffeur fleet.

The deal between Jaguar and travel services company We Know Group will initially put 50 cars to work, with the option to add another 150 in the next 12 months.

Heathrow said the electric fleet would support up to 1000 journeys to and from its terminals per day, reducing the airport’s annual output of nitrogen oxide by eight tonnes.

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The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first all-electric model. It uses a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that’s capable of up to 298 miles of range per charge, according to the latest WLTP cycle. The average chauffeur-driven car in Britain travels 114 miles per day.

Jaguar Land Rover UK boss Jeremy Hicks said the deal with We Know Group, which has long used Jaguars on its fleet, was an example of customers’ confidence in Jagaur’s first all-electric car.

“What we have created in the Jaguar I-Pace is utterly revolutionary; a desirable, luxurious and state-of-the-art electric vehicle that’s practical for genuine everyday use, including the tough life of an airport luxury chauffeur car,” he said.

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Jaguar said the I-Pace’s service intervals, set at two years or 21,000 miles, are also longer than conventional combustion-engined cars, helping to reduce running costs for high-mileage fleets.

The I-Pace, a rival to the Tesla Model X, hits the road in July, so it will beat upcoming alternatives, the Audi E-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQ C, to market. It costs from £58,995 (including the UK Government’s £4500 EV subsidy).

Heathrow’s deal is the latest in a growing list that is seeing major brands switch to all-electric power for their car fleets. Delivery company UPS announced earlier this year that its fleet of 170 central London delivery vehicles would be swapped for electric alternatives. Elsewhere, electric bus fleets have been rolled out in major UK cities, including Edinburgh and York.

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peetee 8 May 2018

How many cars will Magna

How many cars will Magna produce annually?

AUTOCAR reported earlier that up to 20,000 will be supplied to Waymo for self driving by 2020

marj 9 May 2018

peetee wrote:

peetee wrote:

How many cars will Magna produce annually?

AUTOCAR reported earlier that up to 20,000 will be supplied to Waymo for self driving by 2020

 

It really dependes on Magna's capacity. Ae they producing teh ne G Class again? According to their site they produce th 5 series too. So with such a high volume car under their production it might  impact on how much they can offer to JLR. Also is there not a chance to steal production scope from the E Pace? I've heard sales have been disappointing for JLR bosses. 

Jeremy 8 May 2018

I saw two transporters full

I saw two transporters full of these on the M25 on Sunday, just near Heathrow - I wonder if that's where they were headed?

But an EV will surely have limited use as a taxi? Passengers having a long trips up north from Heathrow won't want to stop every so often to recharge - I suspect these will be kept for runs into Central London?

xxxx 8 May 2018

London bound

I suspect you're right but then with a range of 200 miles you could get to Manchester, any further it would be a damn expensive Taxi ride. I'd get the train for further trips.

Ubberfrancis44 8 May 2018

Apparently they are having

Apparently they are having trouble moving these on the private car market, shame because it seems like a decent car for those looking specififically for an EV.

xxxx 8 May 2018

Web

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Apparently they are having trouble moving these on the private car market, shame because it seems like a decent car for those looking specififically for an EV.

Having trouble selling it? Surely only Jaguar would know that, where did you read that?

Ubberfrancis44 8 May 2018

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Apparently they are having trouble moving these on the private car market, shame because it seems like a decent car for those looking specififically for an EV.

Having trouble selling it? Surely only Jaguar would know that, where did you read that?

 

From a very good friend, ofcourse this is worth nothing coming from a random on the internet but I think a pretty good indication will be the fact you wont hear about the sales from Jaguar for a very long time ;).

xxxx 8 May 2018

Oh well then it must be true

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Apparently they are having trouble moving these on the private car market, shame because it seems like a decent car for those looking specififically for an EV.

Having trouble selling it? Surely only Jaguar would know that, where did you read that?

 

From a very good friend, ofcourse this is worth nothing coming from a random on the internet but I think a pretty good indication will be the fact you wont hear about the sales from Jaguar for a very long time ;).

Sounds like a 'source', 'close friend of Wayne','senior manager' etc type quote from the 'Sun' newspaper.

shortbread 8 May 2018

Please call your friend a liar

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Apparently they are having trouble moving these on the private car market, shame because it seems like a decent car for those looking specififically for an EV.

Having trouble selling it? Surely only Jaguar would know that, where did you read that?

 

From a very good friend, ofcourse this is worth nothing coming from a random on the internet but I think a pretty good indication will be the fact you wont hear about the sales from Jaguar for a very long time ;).

 

Please call your friend a liar.

 

Delaers have taken deposits equalling 7 months worth of production in the UK alone! They are clueless of how to allocate production to rest of Europe and the US. There are discussions ongoing with Magna Steyr who wont allocate additional production unless JLR guarantees them a longer term contract. JLR have a new production cheif in place. They will struggle with I Pace deliveries until they have a clear production plan in place, which is being delayed by Brexit uncertainties. The issue is on the supply side not demand. 

GODFATHER 8 May 2018

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Apparently they are having trouble moving these on the private car market, shame because it seems like a decent car for those looking specififically for an EV.

its a 60k car so the private car market won’t be the biggest. A relative who was interested was told he had to wait 6 month for delivery so ended up with a Range Sport diesel instead. 

GODFATHER 8 May 2018

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Apparently they are having trouble moving these on the private car market, shame because it seems like a decent car for those looking specififically for an EV.

its a 60k car so the private car market won’t be the biggest. A relative who was interested was told he had to wait 6 month for delivery so ended up with a Range Sport diesel instead. 

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