A key thing to consider with electric vehicle ownership is how you plan to keep your battery topped up. With the number of public charging points increasing every day, living with an electrified vehicle is set to become easier than ever before. There are now more than 35,000 connectors available in over 14,000 locations across the UK. This will only increase, with the £500 million investment pledged by the government to improve the electric charging infrastructure over the next nine years.
With a charging connection point replacing a fuel filler cap, trips to the petrol station are a thing of the past with an all-electric vehicle. While you will still need to refuel a PHEV, a charge port located above the rear wheel arch is part of the infrastructure which supports recharging and electric mileage in EV mode or hybrid mode. You’ll be pleased to know that all our electrified vehicles are compatible with a standard domestic 3-pin plug socket and 7kW AC home wall box chargers. I‑PACE is compatible with rapid DC charging points providing rates of up to 100kW and our newest PHEV models support rapid DC charging at a rate of up to 32kW, giving you the perfect flexibility to charge at home or on the go.
Public charging points are now readily available in destinations from workplaces, retail parks, gyms to motorway services. They provide added flexibility by allowing you to top up your battery while on the go without having to go home to recharge. All our electrified vehicles come with a Mode 3 charging cable as standard so you can connect to the public network when needed. The cables are secured in place as soon as your vehicle is locked and cannot be disconnected until the vehicle is unlocked, meaning you are free to go about your day while your BEV or PHEV is on charge.
Public charging points range from 3kW AC right up to rapid 50kW and 100kW chargers which use Direct Current (DC) to deliver super-fast charging times. The rapid chargers add up to 78 miles of range on I‑PACE in as little as 15 minutes and will charge E‑PACE and F‑PACE PHEV to 80% in a little as 30 minutes.
Although some charge points are free to use, the majority are accessible via convenient pay-as-you-go methods, including mobile apps, membership accounts, or a contactless bank card. Other providers operate a subscription or pre-pay model, so we recommend familiarising yourself with different providers via the Zap-Map EV charging network overview, ahead of travel to ensure the best coverage and convenience for your routes. Cost of charging is typically a combination of a connection fee, charging time (pence per hour) and/or the amount of energy used (pence per kWh).
For many drivers, the most convenient way to recharge your BEV or PHEV will be at home through a professionally installed wall box. The 7kW wall boxes use Alternating Current (AC) from the UK electricity network to recharge your car while it sits on the driveway or in the garage. With I‑PACE you can expect up to 22 miles of range per hour using a 7kW wall box, or a full charge of an E‑PACE PHEV in as little as 2 hours 12 minutes. Installation is quick and simple and can be set up at home or your apartment building with the relevant permits, permission of the land owner and appropriate electrical supply.
As well as being more cost-effective than public charging points, charging an electric vehicle at home is also generally cheaper than refuelling with petrol or diesel in most instances. Jaguar I‑PACE for example would cost £13.50 to recharge from empty, working out as 5.8 pence per mile, where the equivalent diesel would cost 14.1 pence per mile.
There may be some instances where installing a wall box isn’t possible, such as if you live in a listed building or if you don’t have a set allocated parking space. While slower than a wall box, Jaguar BEV and PHEV vehicles can be charged using a 3-pin plug socket, using the optional Mode 2 Home Charging Cable.
Jaguar EVs are equipped with highly advanced technology designed to make locating charging points completely effortless. For charging at home and on the go, the Jaguar Remote app allows you to plan charging based on the most cost-effective times, i.e. during off-peak tariffs, monitor your level of charge, and stop and start charging from wherever you are.
If you’re on the road, the Pivi Pro or Touch Pro infotainment systems will be an essential tool if you’re running low on power. Connected Navigation will signpost charging stations along your route, tell you if they’re available, what they cost to use, and an estimate of charging time.
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