Jaguar I-Pace range, battery & charging

The Jaguar I-Pace has an impressive real-world range that will alleviate any anxiety on that front for most electric-car users

The Jaguar I-Pace is designed from the ground-up to be an electric car, so it doesn’t suffer the compromises that can affect electric cars which began life as a standard combustion-engined model. As such, it’s capable of a real-world range of 298 miles, which is usefully better than the Tesla Model X 75D and enough to put to rest the range anxiety that often puts buyers off a pure electric car.

Jaguar I-Pace range 

The I-Pace has a 90kWh battery that gives a range of 298 miles according to the latest testing procedure. Tesla couldn’t provide equivalent data for its Model X at the time of writing, so only more optimistic results from older tests are available, stating that the Model X 75D (also with a 90kWh battery, and currently the I-Pace’s closest rival) will do 259 miles. Under the same test conditions, the I-Pace will do 336 miles, so however you look at it, the Jaguar has a better range.

Jaguar has also been quoted as saying the I-Pace will do around 240 miles "if you drive it like a Jaguar". Light-hearted as this comment is, it’s also likely to be quite accurate if you do have a heavy right foot, and fancy making the most of the Jag’s prodigious performance on a regular basis. Of course, the Tesla and any other electric car will suffer a similar drop in range if you decide to drive with intent – it’s to the Jaguar’s credit that it’s worth doing that when you can afford to take the range hit.

Charge time

Jaguar says a 100kW charger – such as the Tesla-branded ‘Superchargers’ that you’ll likely have seen at motorway services – will give you a range of around 240 miles (80% charge) in 40 minutes. The problem is that there aren’t yet any public chargers as powerful as this in the UK – they’re all Tesla-exclusive, so you can’t use them in the Jaguar.

This could be the biggest issue in the I-Pace’s otherwise seriously compelling ownership proposition, but it's set to be remedied in the near future. A network of public supercharging points of 100kW or more (there are even 150 and 350kW chargers being mooted) is due to be installed by 2020, but it’s unlikely to be as extensive as the Tesla network for a while after that. In the meantime, the 50kW ‘rapid charger’ of the kind you find at motorway services is the fastest charger available to the Jaguar and will charge it to 80% in around 85 minutes.

Get a 7kw charger installed at home (you’d be mad not to) and it can charge the car from zero to 80% in 10 hours – acceptable if you’re charging overnight, and comparable with the fastest home-charging available for Tesla. Jaguar doesn’t provide home chargers itself, but has teamed up with Pod Point and Chargemaster, who'll install a 7kW wall unit for around £300 (after a £500 government grant) provided you have the necessary off-road parking.

The Jaguar does come with a three-point plug that would allow you to charge it using your standard domestic socket at home, but it’ll take some 24 hours to charge the I-Pace to 80% using that method. Any electric car with a very large battery, like the Jaguar’s 90kWh setup, will take days to charge from a domestic plug, ruling out their viability if you don’t have access to a fast-charging point.

Battery warranty

The battery in the I-Pace is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, and will be replaced by Jaguar if the battery performance (essentially the maximum range of the vehicle) drops by more than 30% in the first eight years. Otherwise, Jaguar’s standard three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty applies to the I-Pace. Tesla covers all its cars with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty, while its battery warranty is eight years/unlimited mileage.

Battery lease

Jaguar doesn’t currently offer a battery lease scheme; the battery is bought with the car.