When Jaguar launched the I-PACE all-electric vehicle in 2018, the positive response was overwhelming; scooping the ‘Best Electric Vehicle’ at the DrivingElectric awards, and bagging more than 20 other global awards throughout the year. It proved that this wasn’t just a panic reaction by Jaguar to jump on the electric bandwagon, this was a genuine display of Jaguar at their finest.
As with any electric vehicle, there is a premium for being an early-adopter, but with fossil-fuel most definitely coming toward the end of it’s life-cycle, the government are keen to help motorists switch over to what’s fast becoming a viable and very real alternative to petrol and diesel, in the form of the Government Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG).
Essentially, the PiCG is an incentive scheme to help buyers of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, offering up to £3,500 discount from the full retail price, providing the vehicle has CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of at least 70 miles. Of course, being all-electric, the Jaguar I-PACE qualifies for the full discount. (And as a small added bonus, it’s also exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty)
It must be said though, that purchasing the EV is a small part of ownership; actually being able to charge it has been the stumbling block for many potential owners, but further help is on hand.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is another incentivised scheme to help promote the usage of such vehicles. The EVHS provides grant funding of up to 75% of the cost toward installing an electric charge point at your residential property, further help is available for commercial property.
Of course, having a charging system fitted at home is the ideal way to charge up, but that’s not practical for everyone – busy streets with no off-street parking can be a lottery as to where you may find a parking spot, but with an ever growing network of chargers throughout the country, having a permanent system at home is becoming less of an issue.
Apps such as Zap-Map make the process so much easier. Currently, there are over 9,000 charging devices (at over 5,500 public places) listed on the app, which means drivers of electric vehicles should always be able to find, navigate to and update the current status of any charge point – all from the comfort of their smartphone.
Most of the major charging point suppliers all work through Zap-Map; POLAR, CYC, ESB, SourceLondon, InstaVolt, TfL, EVDriver and Franklin Energy all work through the app.
Talk to a dyed in the wool fossil-fuel advocate and electric vehicles will never compete in practical terms with them, chat with an early-adopter of electric and they’re all things to all people. What are the realities?
Certainly, current technology means that recharge times take longer than refuelling times, but as the range gets extended, that’s becoming less of an issue. If you’re regularly driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats (in a hurry), then perhaps an all-electric vehicle isn’t the right choice for you right now, but for anything else, they’re a viable alternative.
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