Electric cars going from strength to strength in 2019
With the 2040 UK target for banning new petrol & diesel vehicles still some way off, there seems to be no rush for many drivers of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to think about switching to EV yet, but the evidence is showing that many are making the move already; deeming that an electric car is a viable option for their needs.
The EV market grew by over 10% last year, with one in 100 cars sold in Nov 2018 being fully electric. As of February 2019, approximately 195,000 plug-in cars are on our roads. With the latest generations of some EVs being capable of somewhere between 200-300 miles of range from a single charge, battery degradation being proven slow and minimal by EVs that have been on the road for years already, and the design, look and feel of electric cars now being given the consideration they should, the barriers that potentially held many people back from an EV purchase in the past are evaporating at a rate of knots.
It wasn’t so long ago that the term ‘electric vehicle’ pretty much brought to mind a milk float; not exactly known for their great looks or high levels of performance! However, the fact that some of today’s electric cars on UK roads are capable of 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds and have the equivalent of around 400bhp and approx. 700Nm of torque, means that EVs are no longer purely an environmentally-motivated choice, but can actually be great fun to drive too.
The fact that drivers no longer have to compromise on a stylish and cleverly designed vehicle, which offers luxury alongside performance, is another reason why so many are starting to switch to electric now. The Jaguar I-PACE is a perfect example of cutting-edge technology combined with a passion for design; all of the style, comfort and features you’d expect from a Jaguar, but with the incredible driving experience of two highly efficient motors (front and rear axle) and the significant range offered by 90kWh of thermally managed battery power.
Depending on the needs of the individual driver, the Jaguar I-PACE can be charged at home or workplace via a 7kW wall box (80% charge in 10 hours), or via the public charging network (up to 100kW DC chargers, which give 0%-80% charge in 40 minutes). Range anxiety is a thing of the past with an EV capable of this kind of range
One way to see if you’re ready to switch to an EV is with the Go IPACE app for iOS or Android. The app tracks your normal car journeys automatically and shows you facts and figures as if you were driving an I-PACE, including projected battery usage, range and estimated cost savings vs an ICE car.
For more information on the Jaguar I-PACE or to book a test drive, contact your nearest Hatfields retailer today.