If you have been exploring the world of electric cars, then it is highly likely you will have come across the Jaguar I-PACE, an all-electric SUV that has gathered itself a number of awards, including World Car of the Year 2019.
However, being an electric car, the process of recharging the I-PACE isn't quite as straight-forward as re-fueling a traditionally powered petrol or diesel car. That is not to say it is a difficult process to recharge an electric Jaguar, but having an understanding of the steps you need to take make it much easier, especially if you plan on investing in one.
To make it easier to understand, we have broken down the process of charging your electric Jaguar into the following steps:
- Once the car has alerted you that it requires charging, you will need to find a charging point. The car will map out the nearest locations on the infotainment screen for you.
- Having pulled up to the charging point, you will need to switch the car off and open the 'filler cap', which is located on the wing above the front-left wheel.
- At this stage, you will need to follow the instructions on the charging point you have selected, because there is a variety of different providers who operate slightly differently from eachother.
- There are two ports available for charging your electric Jaguar; one uses a 'Type 2' connection, while the other is a 'CCS' inlet. The former is designed with home use in mind and charges at 7 kW, while the latter is for charging on the move, with speeds up to 100 kW supported.
- Once you have chosen the inlet you want to use, simply pick up the appropriate connector (which are labelled on charging points) and plug it into the relevant port.
- The vehicle's dashboard will now display its charging status, with time remaining before the battery is fully recharged. A flashing white light will also appear above the inlet port to let you know it's charging. The light will change to green once the car is fully charged and ready to be unplugged.
- Once the charging is complete, you can remove the connector. However, in order to prevent tampering or accidental disconnection, the charging connector will be locked in place. To unlock it, you will need to press the 'unlock' button on your vehicle's key fob, this will allow you to safely disconnect the charger.
- That's it! All you have to do is close the filler cap and get yourself back on the road.
On the grand scheme of things, charging an electric Jaguar is not that challenging at all. Certainly, there are more steps that need to be taken compared to petrol or diesel-powered vehicles, but the charging process is hardly an inconvenience.
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