Jaguar I-Pace range, battery & charging

The Jaguar I-Pace has an impressive official range but real-world range isn't much better than you'll see in its rivals

Range Wallbox charge Fast charge Rapid charge
292 miles 13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 1hr 15mins (10-80%, 50kW) 45mins (10-80%, 100kW)

The Jaguar I-Pace was 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, the official range of 292 miles is very impressive, but our experience of it in the real world suggests that you're more likely to get some 220 miles, which is disappointing given its performance in official tests. Still, that's on a par with the Mercedes EQC and Audi e-tron.

Jaguar I-Pace range 

The I-Pace has a 90kWh battery that gives a range of 292 miles according to the latest testing procedure. Tesla estimates that the entry-level Standard Range variant of its Model X will return 230 miles, so the I-Pace appears to stack up well against its main competitors.

That said, it's disappointing that in varied real-world driving we've seen more like 220 miles from the I-Pace, which is only a fraction over the real-world range we've seen from the e-tron and EQC, which have much lower official ranges.

Late in 2019, Jaguar announced a software update – available to owners visiting their nearest dealership – that it claimed would boost real-world driving range by some 12.4 miles. The upgrade consists of improvements to the thermal management system, the regenerative brakes, the torque delivery (said to be more efficient in 'Eco' mode) and to the battery's performance at lower states of charge.

Charge time

Jaguar says a 100kW charger will give you an 80% charge in 45 minutes. The problem is that there aren’t many public chargers as powerful as this in the UK – most are 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 installed) is due by 2020, but it’s unlikely to be as extensive as the Tesla network for a while after that.

In the meantime, a 50kW ‘fast charger’ – of the kind you find at motorway services – is the quickest charger you're likely to come across for the I-Pace, and it'll charge the car 80% in around an hour and 15 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 13 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 7.4kW wallbox 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 unit, 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.