The I-Pace has two electric motors – one to power the front wheels and one to power the rears – which have a combined power output of 400 horsepower. That’s proper sports car territory. More important than the power, though, is the torque, and that’s even more generous. The result is astonishing acceleration, whether it’s away from the mark or picking up speed on the move. The 0-62mph dash takes 4.8 seconds, but if we’re honest, that number doesn’t do justice to the urgency with which you’re hurled towards the horizon. And, as you’re going like the clappers, there’s an eerie shortage of mechanical noise to be heard. That said, there is quite a lot of road noise to be heard at a steady motorway cruise.
That level of performance demands a big battery
, the I-Pace coming as standard with a 90kWh pack which will get you nearly 300 miles on a full charge by official figures. Experience shows you’ll need to plan a charging stop for journeys over 200 miles in the real world, especially in winter, but that will be enough for most people’s day-to-day needs.
A big battery takes longer to recharge
and for the 2021 model year Jaguar has increased the onboard charging capacity from 7kW to 11kW, which will benefit those lucky enough to have a three-phase electricity supply for their home wallbox. That’s still a rarity for most domestic charging
but may help those who plug in at work or out and about
and reduces the charging time from just under 13 hours to more like 8.6. If you can find a suitable DC fast charger you can add nearly 40 miles to the range in just 15 minutes on a 50kW supply, or nearly 80 miles with a 100kW charger over the same period.