Jaguar has introduced South Africa to the future of motoring with the first electric vehicle (EV) launched together with a rapid public charging network to enable long-distance travel between city centres.
The new Jaguar I-Pace electric car has a 90kWh Lithium-ion battery using 432 pouch cells.
It can be topped-up with a range of flexible charging types including 7.4kW wall box units installed in homes.
Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle charging authority GridCars, announced the rollout of the Jaguar Powerway in September 2018. The national matrix of rapid public charging stations currently sees more than 85 stations in the country’s major hubs and along frequently-travelled holiday routes.
The R30-million infrastructure investment makes day-to-day travel, as well as longer day trips and even very long journeys possible for owners of electric vehicles, such as the new Jaguar I-PACE.
In addition to the publicly available charging stations installed in customer parking areas at every Jaguar Land Rover retailer in South Africa, a total of 30 public charging stations have been erected at various points of convenience, such as shopping centres, in the country’s major hubs including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein.
“For most I-PACE owners home charging means waking up to the equivalent of a full tank
of fuel every day. Beyond this overnight charging habit, the Jaguar Powerway supports charging for long trips. We are already at the point where an electric car can be your everyday car,” Brian Hastie, Electrification Team Leader, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa, said.
As a responsible business Jaguar Land Rover is committed to delivering a cleaner future and has plans to prolong the life of its batteries from its electric vehicle with new recycling partnerships and second life energy storage trials.
The I-Pace is available in S, SE and HSE derivatives alongside a First Edition, all inspired by the design of the original concept.
Jaguar I-PACE pricing:
Jaguar I-PACE S R1 687 200
Jaguar I-PACE SE R1 745 400
Jaguar I-PACE HSE R1 820 900
Jaguar I-PACE First Edition R1 920 700