Jaguar charges top dol­lar for I-Pace SUV range set for 2019


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Jaguar has re­vealed pric­ing for the up­com­ing I-Pace elec­tric SUV which ar­rives in SA early in 2019, and go­ing green doesn’t come cheap.

The Eskom-pow­ered ve­hi­cle will be avail­able in three trim grades, while a lim­ited run of First Edi­tion mod­els will act as range-top­pers for a year.

All vari­ants have iden­ti­cal pow­er­trains com­pris­ing a 90kWh bat­tery po­si­tioned in the floor for a low cen­tre of grav­ity, and two axle-mounted syn­chro­nous elec­tric mo­tors paired with con­cen­tric sin­gle speed trans­mis­sions.

Its 294kW power and 696Nm torque is enough to launch the all-wheel drive SUV from 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.8 sec­onds, and a sin­gle full charge pro­vides a range of up to 470km on the world­wide har­monised light ve­hi­cle test pro­ce­dure cy­cle — more than enough to cover an av­er­age 300km weekly com­mute, Jaguar says.

Though the running costs are cheap the ini­tial out­lay isn’t, with the I-Pace to re­tail be­tween R1,687,000 and R1,920,700 — rep­re­sent­ing huge pre­mi­ums over Jaguar’s sim­i­larly-sized but com­bus­tion-pow­ered F-Pace SUV which ranges in price from R785,704 to R1,208,559.

It would take a long time for fuel-cost sav­ings to make up the price dif­fer­ence. For in­stance, the range-top­ping F-Pace 35T AWD S, which with its 280kW and 450Nm is the most sim­i­lar in out­puts to the I-Pace, uses about 36l of petrol over the 300km weekly com­mute. This means that at cur­rent petrol and elec­tric­ity prices it would take about 26 years of driv­ing the top-of-the-range I-Pace to make back its R712,141 price pre­mium over the F-Pace in fuel sav­ings.

The higher I-Pace mod­els will be fairly com­pre­hen­sively equipped with com­forts such as pow­ered tail­gates, full elec­tric front seats, adap­tive cruise con­trol and blind spot as­sist.

Jaguar, in part­ner­ship with elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing author­ity GridCars, has laid the foun­da­tion for the fu­ture of elec­tric and plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cles in SA with 82 new pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions in ma­jor hubs and along fre­quently trav­elled hol­i­day routes. The R30m in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment will make day-to­day travel, as well as longer day trips and even very long jour­neys pos­si­ble for own­ers of elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

In ad­di­tion to the pub­licly avail­able charg­ing sta­tions to be in­stalled in cus­tomer park­ing areas at ev­ery Jaguar Land Rover re­tailer in SA, 30 pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions will be erected at var­i­ous points of con­ve­nience, such as shop­ping cen­tres, in the coun­try’s ma­jor hubs in­clud­ing Jo­han­nes­burg, Pre­to­ria, Dur­ban, Cape Town, Port El­iz­a­beth, East Lon­don and Bloem­fontein.

SA’s city cen­tres will now also be con­nected by the Jaguar Pow­er­way — a se­ries of 22 charg­ing sta­tions along the N3 be­tween Gaut­eng and Dur­ban and the N1 be­tween Gaut­eng and Cape Town. Cape Town will also be con­nected to the Gar­den Route with a se­ries of charg­ing sta­tions along the N2 all the way to East Lon­don.

Most charg­ing sta­tions will be 60kWh fast charg­ers, mean­ing 100km of range will take 20 min­utes. A charge from 0% to 80% will take about 72 min­utes.

At cur­rent tar­iffs the rate for 1kWh on the card will be R3R3.50 de­pend­ing on where it’s re­deemed. With a 90kWh bat­tery, a full recharge in an I-Pace will cost R270-R315. Jaguar I-Pace S — R1,687,200 Jaguar I-Pace SE — R1,745,400 Jaguar I-Pace HSE — R1,820,900 Jaguar I-Pace First Edi­tion — R1,920,700

Jaguar claims a range of up to 470km on a sin­gle bat­tery charge.

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