PUBLIC sector staff in the north-east of England will benefit from a significant fleet deal secured by Jaguar Land Rover.
The leasing deal is for 700 fully electric Jaguar I-Pace cars. It was concluded with the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and delivered though Northumbria Healthcare’s NHS Fleet Solutions.
The agreement will enable staff from more than 200 organisations access to lease the Jaguar I-PACE over a three-year period. Staff will pay for the Jaguar I-Pace leases via salary sacrifice.
Sir James Mackey – chief executive Northumbria Healthcare, said:
“This is a great deal for NHS and public sector staff and delivers genuine benefit to our patients.
“To have a fleet of cars that are fully electric demonstrates our on-going commitment to making decisions that reduce our impact on the environment and help us become greener.”
The Jaguar I-Pace has a range of 292 miles on a charge and can accelerate to 62mph in 4.5 seconds.
Charging to 100% battery capacity takes 12.9 hours on a 7kW charger; 80% battery capacity can be delivered in 40 minutes via a fast charger.
While the 700 Jaguar I-Pace EVs will be delivered via a salary sacrifice lease scheme, for business drivers the I-Pace incurs 0% company car tax charge in 2020/21 if leased as a company car.
According to salary sacrifice experts Tusker, salary sacrifice is a credible and affordable way for drivers to access the benefits of EV driving.
Paul Gilshan, CEO of Tusker, said:
“EVs will be cheaper than petrol or diesel cars thanks to the way the scheme is set up to save NI and tax, as well as the Government’s introduction of 0% Benefit in Kind in 2020/21. For drivers, this represents an average saving of £220 per month from 2019 to 2020 when compared with retail deals.”
The fleet of electric Jaguars will be available to public sector staff at organisations signed up to NHS Fleet Solutions from April 2020.