Sound­ing the charge

Wheels (Australia) - - First Drives -

The I-pace has a the­o­ret­i­cal range of 480km. We started at 98 per­cent charge, stop­ping for a recharge (and lunch) af­ter 224km. The charger, work­ing at the rate of 50kwh, au­to­mat­i­cally turned off af­ter 45 min­utes, having only de­liv­ered 70 per­cent of the bat­tery’s ca­pac­ity. The cost: A$18. The equiv­a­lent 184kw petrol F-pace has a range of 850km. Over the same dis­tance, fuel use would cost around A$26.00.

A fast charg­ing net­work, ca­pa­ble of 100kwh and achiev­ing 80 per­cent charge in 30 min­utes, re­mains sparse both here and in the UK, but is manda­tory if elec­tric cars are to be­come main­stream.

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