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.