An Electric Vehicle can save you money, whilst doing its bit for the planet, too. There's never been a better time to go electric, read on for more information.
WHY BUY ELECTRIC?
With the February 2020 climate change targets moving the deadline for buying a petrol, diesel or hybrid car from 2040 to 2035, the idea of buying an electric car has never felt timelier. One of the biggest reasons to buy is that fully electric vehicles are better for the environment, as they emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their life than a petrol or diesel car. With Jaguar’s release of the new 21 Model Year’s, you can find electric performance across most of the Jaguar range. With of course, the fully electric model being the Jaguar I-PACE.
Fully electric cars have one or multiple electric motors, fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. The easiest way to look at it is the engine of a typical diesel or petrol car has been replaced for the electric motors, and the fuel tank for the lithium-ion battery pack. The electric car is driven by the electric motor or motors which consumes electricity stored in the battery pack, in the same way a diesel or petrol engine uses the fuel from the fuel tank.
These electric drive only vehicles are known as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). They do not contain an internal combustion engine (either petrol or diesel). The battery charges through regenerative braking and overrun and also when plugged in to an external power source.
Lithium-ion batteries are the most common type used in electric cars. They store electricity obtained from the grid by charging through a cable, the same way you would for other electrical items such as your mobile phone or tablet. Electric cars can be charged through either a home wall box or a public charging unit.
WHAT IS REGENERATIVE BRAKING?
The electric motor is controlled from the power from the battery which is connected to the accelerator. The amount of acceleration then determines how much power is sent to the motor, which then determines how fast the car moves. Most electric cars also come with regenerative braking technology. And so, lifting off the accelerator reminds the car to slow down and in turn the electric motors to recover energy that is then transmitted back into the car’s battery.
Unlike diesel and petrol cars, electric cars do not have a gearbox. As the electric motor delivers the maximum torque immediately and doesn’t need gears to optimise performance or economy.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC CARS?
There are some very attractive incentives and cost advantages by buying an electric car. The main one being the Government Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG) - an incentive for buyers of Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles. This enables customers to claim up to £3,500 off the price of their electric vehicle.
The second being the fuel cost savings! The average cost of charging an electric car is around 35p per kW using a rapid charging point or as low as 12p if you choose to charge the vehicle via a home charging unit. With that in mind, charging a medium-sized 40kW battery would cost £4.80 calculating at just 3p per mile, in comparison to 18p in a standard diesel engine.
Yes, you can charge at home! Whilst it is possible to charge electric cars at home using a three-pin plug and socket, but by installing a compact domestic unit charging unit you can recharge up to three times faster. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities, and public sector organisations. There are even more great incentives for businesses with the Jaguar I-PACE. Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) - businesses that purchase cars that emit less than 75g/km CO2, which includes the Jaguar I-PACE, are eligible for a 100% first-year allowance. Please contact our team for more information.
DO I NEED TO PAY THE CONGESTION CHARGE IN AN ELECTRIC CAR?
Another great benefit is fully electric charges are exempt from paying any congestion and city charges. Free charging facilities may be available whilst you are parked in cities at such locations as shopping centres, hotels, and other venues. This is referred to as destination charging. Others may offer reduced charging fees based on your time spent at the venue. In some cities, electric vehicles are permitted to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes, without passengers, as well as bus lanes. You may also park in places where petrol or diesel vehicles are not permitted or can park at a lower cost. Most road/toll charges are also exempt in an electric vehicle.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING & CHARGING STATIONS. WILL I MAKE IT TO MY DESTINATION?
We are aware there are still some doubts around electric charging and mileage range, most electric cars now offer a range of 200 miles and over, making day to day driving easy. Whilst further mileage journeys may need a little more advanced planning, you can use a public charging point along the way. Apps such as Zap-Map or OpenChargeMap can help you track down one in advance or locate one near to your current location.
BEST ELECTRIC CAR? HOW CAN ROCKAR HELP?
As a Jaguar retailer, we would put forward the fully electric, Jaguar I-PACE. World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car, the Jaguar I-PACE brings thrilling Jaguar performance to electric vehicles. With a range of up to 292 miles and a high-tech lithium-ion 90kWh battery, I-PACE is the next generation of electric car technology.
Stay connected with I-PACE using the Jaguar Remote app. Compatible with most Apple and Android smartphones, the Remote app allows you to stay up to date and interact with key vehicle information including available range, charging status, charger rate, and plug state. Whilst plugged in, the I-PACE will always use the charge from the cable rather than the battery to pre-control features such as turning your heating up before entering the vehicle.
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With Jaguar’s release of the new 21 Model Year’s, you can find electric performance, such as Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) options across most of the Jaguar range.
How do Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEV) work?
Jaguar Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEV) use battery technology to cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and improve refinement – without you having to plug it in.
It’s a hybrid car which is also known as an MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Cleverly it combines Jaguar’s efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines with a powerful underfloor battery so the engine can be turned off when coasting, braking, or stationary.
At speeds below 11mph, while under braking, the engine will shut off to increase efficiency, restarting as soon as it’s needed. This technology reduces fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. These electrified powertrains are ideal for driving in congested, stop-start city traffic.
How do Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) work?
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has a conventional combustion engine and a powerful electric motor which work in parallel. The electric motor is powered by a large capacity high voltage battery which can be charged externally and will be re-charged using regenerative braking and overrun during journeys. The large capacity battery enables the vehicle to run as a pure electric vehicle for up to 68km* following a full charge, which will be appropriate for most regular journeys such as commuting and school runs.
Plug-in hybrids offer many of the advantages of Electric vehicles such as refinement, low running costs and zero tailpipe emissions for short regular journeys, whilst offering the flexibility of a conventional combustion engine for longer journeys without the need to re-charge. The combination of the combustion engine and electric motor also means that the vehicle can deliver the power, torque and performance more associated with a large capacity conventional engine.
A plug-in hybrid offers many of the benefits of an electric vehicle to customers for whom a full electric vehicle would not be an appropriate choice. With electricity supplies increasingly being delivered from renewable sources, electric cars offer environmental benefits over traditional fuel-burning engines too. This is increasingly being recognised by governments around the world with the availability of a wide range of incentives to reduce purchase costs and company car taxation. This, together with the reduced running costs of an electrified vehicle, create a compelling financial case for many people, whilst operating as a conventional combustion-engine vehicle when required.
Find all the answers you need to making the leap into electric.
What are the main benefits of owning an electric vehicle? (EV)
Increased interior Space: Due to the removal of traditional engine vehicle component such as the transmission tunnel and the Engine, Battery Electric Vehicles can offer a more spacious interior driving experience.
Charging at home: Charging your vehicle at home enables you to wake up with a full charge every morning without ever having to move from the comfort of your own home.
Instant torque and quiet interior: Dual motors power the vehicle, providing instant torque and removing the need to change gears, providing a more serene and tranquil driving environment.
Re-generative braking: By harvesting the energy from braking this can be turned into supplementary range to help extend your journey distance.
I-PACE specific - Cab forward Design: Due to the removal of the engine, the I-PACE benefits from a Cab forward Design.
What type of electric vehicle is the Jaguar I-PACE?
I-PACE is a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), which means it does not have a combustion engine. Instead of burning fuel (petrol or diesel), power is supplied to two electric motors in the form of electricity stored in a rechargeable battery.
Other types of electric vehicles include Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). These refer to vehicles that combine a combustion engine with an electric motor. A MHEV typically has a small battery that is charged by the engine and regenerative braking. The vehicle has a very small electric-only range. A PHEV can also be charged from an external source of electricity. A PHEV typically has a larger battery and longer range than a MHEV.
Are there drawbacks to owning an electric vehicle?
The range of an electric vehicle (the distance that can be travelled before having to recharge the battery) has traditionally been a concern, giving rise to the term ‘range anxiety’. However, the latest developments in battery technologies mean that vehicles such as Jaguar I-PACE are now a realistic proposition for most people. Many owners will find that they only need to charge Jaguar I-PACE once a week. For long distance journeys, a stop may be necessary to charge the battery. This may require some advanced planning, but with over 5,000 charging locations already compatible with Jaguar I-PACE, finding a convenient public charge continues to become easier.
Can the electricity transmission network handle the increasing number of electric vehicles?
Motor manufacturers are working with governments and energy providers to ensure that increases in electric vehicle usage do not cause issues with electricity networks.
What factors can affect my range?
Range can be affected by a number of factors, including external temperature, operating the heating or cooling systems and the speed at which you are driving.
Is I-PACE’s predicted range facility accurate?
The range prediction for I-PACE has been engineered to generate a high level of accuracy. Using meticulously engineered algorithms, the vehicle will make predictions based on your current driving style and the last 500 miles average usage. Additional vehicles inputs such as the vehicles navigation system assist in the prediction using features such as the topography and speed limits of your selected route.
If the battery runs out of charge, will the car just stop?
Once the battery is drained of energy, the vehicle will come to a complete halt. But before things get to that stage, you will receive two separate and distinct alerts. The first one, when there is 10% of charge left in the battery, will be an audible alarm accompanied by a yellow warning triangle on the vehicle display panel. The second alert, when there is 0% of charge, will be another audible alarm together with a red triangle. A message will then appear telling you to shut down the vehicle and pull over.
Does driving with my lights on reduce my range?
I-PACE features LED headlights which are incredibly energy efficient, so driving with your lights on will not make any noticeable difference to the vehicle’s range.
What does kilowatt-hour (kWh) mean?
Kilowatt-hours are a measure of how much energy can be stored in a battery. For a given vehicle, a battery with greater capacity ‑ more kWh ‑ will have greater range and/or performance.
Is the battery flammable?
I-PACE’s battery would only become flammable through misuse or outside intervention. Electric vehicle batteries are less flammable than petroleum or diesel and feature sophisticated safety systems that maintain safe temperatures.
Does temperature effect the battery?
Batteries can be stored as low as -40°C but must be plugged in and heated to -20°C before driving. In long-lasting hot or cold temperatures an electric vehicle’s range is reduced because energy is required to keep the battery at an efficient operating temperature. Energy is also needed to warm up the cabin when the temperature is low. I-PACE features state-of-the-art thermal management systems to optimise battery performance in warmer or cooler temperatures.
Does the battery get hot during operation?
I-PACE has an efficient thermal management system that maintains the temperature of the battery. An electric vehicle battery will, typically, be between 15°C and 30°C, which is considerably cooler than an internal combustion engine.
Does the battery have a warranty?
I-PACE’s warranty is limited to 8 years or 100,000 miles (160,000km) (whichever comes first). It is redeemable in the case of any manufacturing defect or should a certified Jaguar retailer measure that the battery has dropped below a 70 percent state of health.
How are the batteries disposed of?
Electric vehicle batteries will be disposed of in line with the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive, relevant to regional requirements or your local market.
How long does it take to fully charge the I-PACE?
With an approved Jaguar wall box installed, a full charge can be achieved in approximately 13 hours.
Who can install a wall box for me?
Jaguar have authorised wall box suppliers and installers for all markets in which I-PACE is available. Our partners are available to advise upon the best solutions for you. Please consult your local Jaguar Retailer for further information.
Is a wall box included in the price of the vehicle?
No. If you would like to install a wall box in your home, your local Jaguar Retailer will be able to guide you through the process with our approved wall box suppliers and installers.
If I install a wall box, what happens if I decide to move home?
Your wall box supplier will be able to provide a quote to remove your wall box and re-install it at your new home.
Will I also be able to charge other electric vehicles using the Jaguar Approved wall box?
Yes. Our approved wall boxes are equipped for use with the Combined Charging System (CCS) connector for AC charging and a DC charging inlet. Any electric vehicle with these connections will be able to charge using our approved wall box.
Can I use somebody else wall box or do I need to check if it is compatible?
Any Mode 3 wall box with the same charging connections as I-PACE can be used to charge the vehicle.
What if I have a parking spot in an apartment building, can I install a wall box?
Our approved wall box suppliers are capable of installing charging solutions for a variety of homes. They will support you with regard to permissions, permits and suitability.
How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?
The price of electricity fluctuates according to market influences. To calculate the cost for a full charge, simply multiply the rate you are charged per kWh by 90, as I-PACE has a 90kWh battery.
Can I charge my vehicle using a photovoltaic system (solar) at home?
Yes. Your vehicle can be charged with a current that is greater than 2 Amps or 750W.
Can I charge at any public charging station?
The I-PACE is not compatible with all charge points in the UK but is compatible with the majority of the network. As long as the charge point offer the same charging standards and connector that are compatible with your vehicle you can use the public charging station. Some charge points may require you to have an account in order to use their charge point but most service providers are looking to move to contactless/card payment to provide a much easier way to pay for your charging.
Why has Jaguar not created its own dedicated public charging network?
An independent network of rapid vehicle chargers is developing quickly across many countries. We will ensure that all Jaguar electric vehicles are compatible with the majority of the network.
How do I find charging stations?
You can find charging stations for your Electric Vehicle by using the I-PACE’s in-car navigation system, the Jaguar Remote app or the Zap map.
Is it acceptable to store charging cables in the cabin or on the back seat of the car?
Our vehicles are designed with a storage area for the safe transportation of all compatible charging cables.
Can I use any Mode 3 cable to charge the I-PACE?
There are two ratings available for Public Charging (Mode 3) Cables. These are 16A and 32A. Your vehicle and charging point identify which cable is attached and regulate the right amount of electrical current to charge your vehicle. Where the electrical supply allows, the 32A capability will charge faster.
How is the charging cable protected against theft when using public charging?
The Public Charging (Mode 3) Cable locks into the vehicle inlet and remains locked until you unlock I-PACE.
Can the I-PACE be driven with a charging cable plugged in?
No. I-Pace cannot be driven while a charging cable is plugged in.
Can electric vehicles be charged in the rain?
Yes. Customers and bystanders are not exposed to any risk of electric shock.
Why is the first 80 per cent charge so much faster than the last 20 per cent?
You’ll find the rate of battery charge is influenced by the chemistry and physics of the battery itself. That’s why DC charging can take as long to charge the remaining 20% as it does to charge the initial 80%. With this in mind, we’ve designed a Charging Management System to boost the life and performance of your vehicle’s battery.
How many days can an Electric vehicle be left without charging it. For example, can I leave it parked at the airport?
Our electric vehicles can be left unattended for at least six months, however plugging in once a month is optimal. The battery management system is electronically controlled and uses very little energy.
What are ‘destination charging’ and ‘journey charging’?
Destination charging refers to charging stations that can be found at local shopping centres, hotels, gyms and other destinations you may visit for extended periods of time. Journey charging refers to charging stations at service stations or dedicated electric vehicle charging stations, which provide the maximum charge in the shortest time.
Is there an IOS or Android App that can assist with managing how I charge the I-PACE?
Yes. The Remote app, available for both iOS and Android, enables you to stop or start charging, manage departure times, pre-condition your vehicle, manage tariffs and set a maximum state of charge. The app also sends you notifications if the charge plug is unexpectedly removed or if charging has stopped due to lack of power.
How does the handling compare to conventional cars?
Electric cars generate maximum torque from standstill, delivering impressive acceleration. The battery’s location, between the two axles, also provides a lower centre of gravity and an even weight distribution for improved handling. And, without the need to package a big engine in the front, the wheels can be positioned nearer to the outermost corners of the vehicle enhancing stability and steering feel. All of this enables a dynamic and responsive driving experience, which remains unmistakably Jaguar.
What is regenerative braking?
Electric motors consume energy to provide motion. When this motion is no longer required, for example when the vehicle is slowing, the braking force can be harnessed to reverse the action of the motor and generate electricity. The electricity generated can be fed back to the battery, extending the vehicle's range.
Jaguar vehicles have typically had different driver modes. Do electric vehicles have similar features?
Jaguar I-PACE has three driver modes that can automatically adapt the vehicle settings for comfort, dynamic or eco (for range preservation).
Are EV’s safe?
Jaguar I-PACE, like all other Jaguar vehicles, is designed and engineered to meet the most stringent global safety standards.
What happens if I get caught in a flood?
Jaguar I-PACE has a wading depth of 500mm and features safety systems designed to deal with a flood situation.
Can I use an electric vehicle in a car wash?
Yes. Electric vehicles are designed and tested to the same standards as conventional combustion engine vehicles.
Are electric vehicles difficult to maintain?
Compared to a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, electric vehicles require less maintenance as they have fewer moving parts. In other words, there is less that can wear out.
Can an electric vehicle be towed if there is an electric fault or if the battery has no remaining charge?
Jaguar I-PACE can be towed for short distances and at low speeds if required.
If an electric vehicle gets a puncture can the vehicle be raised in the same manner as a conventional vehicle?
Yes. Jaguar I-PACE’s structure is designed to be just as rigid and structurally capable as a combustion engine vehicle.
What is the Government Plug-in Car Grant?
This is a government grant towards the purchase of an electric car provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for qualifying vehicles. In this case, the Jaguar I-PACE.
How does the Government Plug-in Car Grant work?
The OLEV grant that amounts to £3,500 on the Jaguar I-PACE will be deducted from the on the road price and reflected in either the cash price or your monthly finance rental.
How do I get the Government Plug-in Car Grant?
If you are considering purchasing an I-PACE, there's no need for you to do anything to ensure that the Plug-in Car Grant is applied to the Jaguar I-PACE, as your chosen Jaguar Retailer will handle all the paperwork.
What models are eligible for the Government Plug-in Car Grant?
Currently only the Jaguar I-PACE qualifies for the OLEV grant within the Jaguar range.