Jaguar Land Rover highlighted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday the extensive volunteer work its employees undertake during working hours for worthwhile causes.
During a royal visit to its Solihull assembly plant, the carmaker celebrated setting a new record for volunteering with more than 10,000 employees dedicating 120,000 hours. Twenty Jaguar Land Rover volunteers met with The Duke and Duchess and explained how their skills had been used to support social, environmental and educational causes.
The Duchess also met five children from Topcliffe Primary School in Birmingham who are the reigning champions of the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge – a core education programme in which children are tasked to research, design, manufacture, test, promote and race the fastest car possible, driven by compact compressed air.
The royal couple watched workers complete the final checks on the latest models to be introduced at the plant – the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar. The tour concluded with a look in to Jaguar Land Rover’s electric future in the form of the Jaguar I-PACE Concept and Range Rover P400e (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), both models form part of the company’s commitment to be fully electrified from 2020 onwards.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth said: “Showcasing the Solihull manufacturing plant to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was an honour.
“We are a proud British company with a passionate workforce and it was a privilege for everyone to be part of this very special visit”.