During these challenging times, manufacturers are providing assistance by producing ventilators (like GM and others), and supplying vehicles for emergency support and response (like Land Rover).
These are unique times, so it is encouraging to see where corporations are helping. To donate towards the Red Cross efforts, click here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CORONAVIRUS: JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER DEPLOY GLOBAL FLEET TO SUPPORT EMERGENCY RESPONSE PARTNERS
– Jaguar and Land Rover thank all those around the world involved in the fight against coronavirus
– More than 160 vehicles now deployed globally to support emergency response organizations. Watch the video here
– 57 vehicles including 27 New Defender SUVs from the press fleet put into service with the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food to vulnerable people, including the elderly, across the UK
– A further 65 vehicles are supporting the Red Cross Societies in Australia, Spain, South Africa and France, with more vehicles expected to be deployed in the UK and other countries very soon
– Land Rover has worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for over 65 years, funding disaster preparedness and emergency response projects around the world
– Jaguar and Land Rover also supporting UK Local Resilience Forums by loaning vehicles to the National Health Service (NHS) and emergency services response teams fighting coronavirus
– Protective equipment is being donated to the NHS including wraparound safety glasses to hospitals across the country to protect health service staff
– Working closely with the UK government offering support and expertise in these unprecedented times to combat the impact of coronavirus
– More updates to follow this week
(Mahwah, N.J.) – March 30, 2020 – Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organizations during the coronavirus crisis.
A total of 57 vehicles including 27 New Land Rover Defender SUVs have been issued to the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food vulnerable people across the UK who now need additional support due to social distancing rules.
Jaguar and Land Rover teams in Spain, France, South Africa and Australia have loaned vehicles to their Red Cross societies and more markets are offering help to their local teams.
This service is being provided with fleets of vehicles now available due to the postponement of launch events.
Jaguar Land Rover is working closely with the UK government and has offered 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.
Protective equipment is being donated to the NHS including wraparound safety glasses to the Royal Bolton Hospital, St James’s Hospital in Leeds and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority,” said Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover Customer Experience Director. “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. We will also provide help to those closer to home in our local communities. We can all play a part in helping the vulnerable during this global pandemic.”
“This unprecedented global health emergency requires us all to pull together,” said Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response, British Red Cross. “As part of the British Red Cross response to coronavirus, 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.”
Lewis added, “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown across the country, not only by our increasing number of volunteers, but also our longstanding partners. Thanks to Land Rover’s generous support, our Emergency Response teams in the UK will be to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone.”
Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have worked together for over 65 years, helping communities prepare and respond to emergencies with disaster-preparedness projects around the world – vital at times like this.
Through its partnership with the British Red Cross, Land Rover has also helped fund emergency relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Alliance, which supports community resilience programs in the UK and around the world, providing financial assistance immediately when disaster hits – including coronavirus. British Red Cross has already given £200,000 ($247,899) to support Asian countries severely affected by the pandemic.
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About Land Rover and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Together, Land Rover and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are committed to providing vulnerable communities with access to knowledge and support, no matter who and where they are.
Globally, the Land Rover and IFRC partnership supports disaster preparedness and response projects across the world, with a current focus on Australia, India, Italy, Mexico, the UK and USA.
In the UK, Land Rover and the British Red Cross deliver intensive training to create a community of expert emergency response specialists, ready to be deployed when a disaster strikes. Internationally, projects support vulnerable communities – from urban areas to some of the most remote locations.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports sedan and sports car marques.
At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2018 Jaguar Land Rover sold 592,708 vehicles in 128 countries.
We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities and an engine manufacturing center in the UK. We also have plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and gasoline engines.