With Tesla seemingly winning the electric car battle, manufacturers elsewhere have struggled to bring about genuine alternatives which can rival their Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Roadster. With some smaller car options from Nissan with their Leaf or Renault with their Zoe and VW/Audi with their e-Golf/E-Tron range, some of the market has been fulfilled. However, in the bigger car market, particularly in the “luxury” section, there hasn’t been a viable alternative to rival Elon Musk’s products.
The Jaguar I-Pace maybe the car which can do this.
So what does the Jagaur I-Pace offer (according to their website)? The key facts are:
· A full charge on the vehicle will provide a range of up to 292 miles on a WLTP cycle (the new testing standards which started in 2017 and which is compulsory for all vehicles registered on or after 1 September 2018, is designed to provide more “real world” figures for consumption, range and emissions);
· The all-wheel drive vehicle can offer a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds (making this one of the quicker SUVs on the market – almost identical to the Range Rover Sport SVR!). With 400ps and 696Nm of torque this is not a tepid proposition;
· The I-Pace utilised 1 90kWh lithium-ion battery with a thermal management system;
· The I-Pace offers practicality for the whole family – with five full seats, 656 litres of loadspace and 27 litres of front storage; and
· There are 4 great specifications to choose – the S, SE, the HSE and First Edition.
So – why would I lease an electric car? For an individual looking to lease a car personally there are limited benefits to an electric car lease other than the road fund licence position and the environmental/ethical connotations. For business customers, there are a few more benefits to the electric/eco-car option. When you have a company car you pay tax (benefit in kind) which is based on the car’s value (P11d) and it’s emissions (CO/2 per KM).
To put succinctly when you are leasing a company car, the more expensive and polluting the vehicle is, the more tax you will pay.
For electric vehicles, as they emit 0g/km, the rate of BiK is significantly less than the usual petrol or diesel vehicle. In 2017-18 the rate of BiK is 9%, for 18-19 this is 13% and in 19-20 this is 16%. However, the big change is in 2020-2021 when the rate of BiK will become 2%. This means that drivers operating an electric vehicle from 2020 will make a considerable tax saving.
So surely an electric car is a no-brainer? Well, not exactly. Running an electric car can be more expensive to the company in that the monthly rental/maintenance rental will be more expensive (electric or hybrid equivalents cost more than the petrol and diesel options). You also have the issue of “range anxiety” in that an electric car will not operate without a charge. For high-mileage drivers, covering mileages in excess of 20,000 miles, an electric vehicle just might not be the right vehicle yet.
In terms of the car shown here, the Jaguar I-PACE ESTATE 90kWh EV400 HSE 5dr Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
· Metallic Paint – Caesium blue
· Windsor Leather – Ebony
· 20″ 5 spoke gloss black finish alloy wheels – style 5068
· Light oyster morzine headlining
· Gloss black veneer
In terms of the specification, this car includes as standard 20” alloys, gloss black grille, ambient interior lighting, Windsor leather upholstery, sports seas, climate control, heated rear windscreen, rain sensing wipers, solar attenuating glass, all surface progress control, brake energy regeneration, emergency brake assist, hill start assist, apple car play, 60 park distance control, blind spot assist, lane keep assist, park assist, rear cross traffic alert, surround camera system, electric gesture tailgate, traffic sign recognition, 10” touch screen, pro navigation, auto dimming rear view camera, LED tail lights, multifunction steering wheel, LED lighting, intrusion sensor, alarm, intrusion sensor and alarm. In terms of the additional features to add, consider – privacy glass, head up display and the fixed panoramic roof.
On the technical-side company car drivers can note the P11d at £75,090.00 and CO2 at 0g/km. The lithium-ion battery offers a considerable 400ps and 0-62 times of 4.8 seconds. The service intervals on an electric Jaguar SUV are every 24 months or 21,000 miles, whichever lands sooner.
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