John B drives a Jaguar I-PACE HSE 2020 electric car.
This is John’s first electric car, he’s owned the I-PACE between 1-2 years and drives 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 10,000-20,000 miles and he achieves 220 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
Wanted an electric car to replace my Jaguar XF after wife got a Nissan LEAF and realised how good electric traction is. The specs for the I-PACE in advance of the launch looked good. Enough range, 4 wheel drive, space for 4 adults in comfort and 5 if needed. Fantastic looks too.
On getting a test drive and also driving around Oulton Park race track the handling and performance were absolutely top draw. Unfortunately, it was a bit out of our price range initially but eventually we were able to afford one. Specced with 18″ rims and all season rubber as we live on the edge of the Peak District. Performance in snow is exemplary. The I-PACE is able to (effortlessly) drive in conditions my XF with winter tyres could not have coped with. The car is able to drive in up to 550mm of water (air suspension) so useful in Lake District for example.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Absolute hoot to drive
- Very practicable
- Great looks.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Slightly larger than would have preferred
- Infotainment sluggish (it’s since improved).
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
What are the standout tech features of the car?
- Matrix headlights – automatically just dips where other cars are. Fantastic for cross country A-roads
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Assist – effortless driving on motorways and fast dual carriageways. Makes interminable 50mph stretches of motorway bearable.
- Air suspension – alters height for easy exit and entry. Off road height for tracks, fields and water!!
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
It can officially drive through more than half a meter of water (probably more in fact)!
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
Possibly a Kia EV6 for 800v tech battery.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
zappi 2 – great unit, integrates with solar panels well and allows easy timed charging on cheap Octopus Go EV tariff.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus Go – cheap EV tariff, works very well.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
- InstaVolt – ease of use
- Gridserve – easy to use.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
LV – good EV insurance cover and competitive price. Can do multi-car cover too.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.