PRETORIA, South Africa – The migration from internal combustion to battery cars will require a shift in mindset for South African drivers, says the South African arm of Jaguar, but nevertheless has ”some attractive and convenient benefits unlikely to have been considered.
Most obvious, of course, is topping up your battery (the electric fuel tank) at home and while you sleep. No more queuing at a garage on the way to the office. For instance, the Jaguar I-Pace claims a potential total range of 670km for daily journeys,. Recharging whenever possible, rather than waiting for the battery to completely drain, will dramatically decrease charging times.
Charging at home will also help to make the use of battery pre-conditioning a regular habit. When the I-Pace is plugged-in it’s possible to set a departure time and pre-conditioning schedule from the on-board touchscreen so the car can prime itself for the journey.
Pre-conditioning warms the battery to its ideal temperature, in turn maximising range, and is advised for any trips longer than 80km. ”This way,” the automaker told The Corner, ”drivers can ensure that the car will achieve its maximum-distance abilities every morning before leaving home.”
Home-charging is also by far the most economic way to remain mobile with an EV. ”Though electricity costs vary depending on the region in South Africa,” Jaguar says, ”an average of R2/kW/h is a good rule of thumb. At this rate a full charge from zero to full in an I-Pace would cost only around R180.”
That, Jaguar says, translates to about R0.38/km if charged at home. ”A V6 diesel vehicle of comparable size and power will cost about R0.68/km using the inland diesel price of R11.40/litre and its combined average fuel-consumption (NEDC2) of six litres/100km.”
For comparison, the most economical diesel car at the 2019 WesBank Fuel Economy Tour returned a winning average diesel consumption of 4.7 litres/100km – about R0.54/km.