The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first all-electric car, but as it has no proprietary recharging infrastructure in place in South Africa (where the newcomer will be launched in 2019), how does the Coventry-based premium brand plan to get the ball rolling and dispel doubts about range anxiety, charging station locations and reliability?

In March this year, Jaguar unveiled its first electric vehicle, the I-Pace at the Geneva Motor Show and via a global livestream. Regarded as the first true competitor to the Tesla Model X, the I-Pace will be fitted with an in-house designed, liquid-cooled 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery that is capable of obtaining an 80% charge in 45 minutes using a DC 100 kW charger. One full charge has a claimed range of 480 km.

The car is expected to arrive in South Africa in the first half of 2019, which is now more or less a year away. And the biggest question that remains, without a doubt, is does the republic have enough infrastructure to sustain growth in the sales of full EVs?

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