Should We Buy The All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE?

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The Incredible Success Of The All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE Continues Unabated.  We Were Pleased To Hear From A Family That Recently Acquired One!  


Earlier this year, we published an article on the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV.  Recently, we had John and family, members of the e-zoomed community buy their first electric car, the award winning Jaguar I-PACE.  We thought it would be a good idea for John to share with us their decision making process for migrating from a polluting diesel internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle to a zero-emission battery electric vehicle (BEV). But first let us remind you of some salient points of the Jaguar I-PACE.

  • Awarded the prestigious ‘2019 World Car of the Year’ award.  Also awarded the ‘2019 World Car Design of the Year’ and ‘2019 World Green Car’ 
  • The first all-electric SUV from Jaguar Land Rover, the premium British automotive brand 
  • Continued positive reviews of the pure electric vehicle.  In October 2019, Auto Express verdict stated: ‘Interest in our Jaguar I-PACE is huge wherever we go. The car’s looks are a major draw, encouraging people to find out more about life in an EV. But its best features are not only the way it looks, but also the way it drives’. Auto Express awarded the electric car 5 Stars
  • Even  WhatCar? awarded the Jaguar I-PACE 5 stars 
  • The success of the Jaguar I-PACE is evident from sales figures of Jaguar cars in September 2019.  The I-PACE accounted for 10% of the sales volume of all Jaguar sales 
Jaguar IPACE SUV Electric
The All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV

Battery And Range 


  • Battery capacity: 90 kWh
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 292 miles 
  • Capable of rapid charging

Power & Performance


  • 0-60 mph: 4.5 sec  
  • Top speed: 124 miles 
  • Brake horsepower: 395 bhp 
  • Torque: 257 lb/ft

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John And Family, In Their Own Words: Our First All-Electric Car 


Earlier this year, we as a family (four of us), found ourselves needing to replace the family car. So, we naturally started contemplating about what type of car to buy. A car that could meet the needs of the family and fit the budget. Never an easy choice !

However, when we started the process to assess potential options, it quickly became apparent, that the world of passenger cars is very different today, compared to a few years ago, when we acquired our last car – a diesel car!

But it was not only the world of cars that had changed, we as a family had done the same.  We are  much more aware today of the environmental impact of our decisions than in the past.  It is not only  my wife and myself, but our children are also acutely aware of their relationship with the environment.  We as a family are aware of  the CO2 emissions of road transport, and the detrimental impact on health.  Therefore, considering an electric car was a natural decision for the family. 

We found that low emission automotive technology has progressed at a very fast pace. As an example, EV’s have become far more prevalent and commonplace.

We had agreed as a family to seek a car that had lower emissions, and if appropriate, buy an all-electric car, instead of a hybrid or petrol/ diesel car.  However, we were not certain at the start of the process, if indeed electric cars were suitable for us, as a family, given our everyday practicalities.  Moreover, we were concerned if our budget was adequate for an EV and within ‘financial’ reach of families like mine.

We had a lot of ‘family discussions’ over lovely meals about the pros and cons of an EV versus a hybrid versus a fuel powered car, to include:

  • Range anxiety –  will we be stuck and unable to go for road trips?  In a petrol or diesel car, we have never had to worry about range
  • Charging infrastructure – could we be stranded somewhere because of lack of public  charging stations?
  • Charging time – could the recharging time on long drives be a major inconvenience for us ? Not the easiest with impatient young children sitting in the car 

We discussed our concerns rationally as a family and with others.  We came to the conclusion that most of our driving was for everyday needs like going to the supmarket, school runs, etc.  We did go on the occasional longer drive, but the key word here is ‘occasional’.  We therefore concluded that for longer drives we just needed to plan ahead using any of the plethora of charging stations mobile apps available today. 

We were also encouraged to note that electric vehicles were available from established automotive manufacturers.  A key factor in our decision making process, given the comfort on quality and warranty from an established company.

So, all in all, considering all factors, we as a family came to the conclusion that we should buy an EV. Yes, a total battery powered EV and not a plug-in hybrid. Our all-electric Jaguar I-PACE was delivered a few weeks ago and the children cannot stop telling their friends about their zero-emission journeys.  We as parents are also hugely excited, maybe even more than the children!

We have leased the car for 5 years as the lease works well with our budget. In fact, our previous car was leased for 3 years. Delivery was reasonably quick, within 3 weeks. The vehicle came with a charging cable, which is always helpful.

Though we are still at early stages of electric driving, our experience so far suggests that we, as a family, have made the correct decision to abandon diesel and opt for zero-emission electric driving.

Positives

  • Performance & Power.  Great on the road! 
  • Build quality 
  • Low road noise 

Negatives

  • Turning radius 
  • Small boot for an SUV

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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