COVID-19: Jaguar Land Rover deploys 160 cars to global Red Cross Societies
The fleet of cars – including 27 brand-new 2020 Land Rover Defenders – will be used to help deliver food and supplies to the elderly and other vulnerable groups.
The automotive industry is stepping up in the fight against COVID-19. Jaguar and Land Rover announced that a total of 160 vehicles have been deployed globally to support emergency response organisations battling the pandemic.
A total of 57 vehicles, including 27 new 2020 Defenders from the press fleet, have been put into service with the British Red Cross. These vehicles will be used to deliver medicine and food to vulnerable people across the UK, such as the elderly.
A further 65 vehicles have been deployed to support Red Cross Societies in Australia, Spain, South Africa and France. More vehicles are expected to be deployed soon.
“The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority. Jaguar and Land Rover will do everything we can to support people in need around the world. Our partnership with the Red Cross goes back 65 years and we will work hand in hand with them to do all we can during this global health emergency,” said Finbar McFall, Customer Experience Director of Jaguar Land Rover.
“This unprecedented global health emergency requires us all to pull together. As part of the British Red Cross response to COVID-19, we’re delving deep into the heart of communities across the UK to help strengthen support for the most vulnerable people through delivering essential food parcels and medicines to those unable to get out,” shared Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response of the British Red Cross.
“Thanks to Land Rover’s generous support, our Emergency Response teams in the UK will be able to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone.”
Additionally, Jaguar Land Rover has been working closely with the UK government throughout the outbreak, offering its research and engineering expertise as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support.
"Thanks to Land Rover’s generous support, our Emergency Response teams in the UK will be able to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone.” – Simon Lewis
The car manufacturer has also donated protective equipment to the National Healthcare System (NHS), including wraparound safety glasses to the Royal Bolton Hospital, St James’s Hospital in Leeds and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
As of April 5, the UK has more than 41,000 confirmed cases and over 4,300 deaths. The UK is one of the worst hit regions in the world, after the US, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, China and Iran.