Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Central Florida
Advice on purchasing
Check available inventory - use a broad search. If there is something that meets your needs, you can get a discount and perhaps 0% financing. Also check Costco/AAA/Sam's club auto purchase as they should include all deals. Those of us who bought early and custom configured could not take advantage of any discounting.
Definitely use the configure tool to get comfortable with what you want before you buy.
If this is your second (or third, etc.) car, then no worries. Otherwise you do have to plan for long round trips over 200 miles. Be prepared with both the PlugShare app and a portable charger (not the one from Jaguar) that can take 120 or 240 with set of plug adapters. This gives you emergency options and doesn't add weight.
I don't think anyone can suggest the options that you should get as these are all personal taste, however I did not get the HUD and wish I had. No other regrets.
Advice on getting ready for your car
If you live in a house and haven't had an EV before, get an electrician to come out an put in a 14-50R plug (or other "dryer" plug), so that you can use a portable EVSE that has a matching male plug. Make sure the electrician puts this on a separate circuit.
If you live in an apartment or condo, life might be more complicated to get charging out to where you park you car. EV life is tough for apartment dwellers as charge options become limited and you have to rely on convenient infrastructure at work or nearby.
The on board charger doesn't take more than 7.7Kw charge rate, so you don't need an EVSE that is more than 32amp for 240V charging. You can save $50 to $100 by not going to a 40amp EVSE.
Figure out where you will park and charge, then measure the cord length required. Better to know up front. Consider using this your new portable EVSE or a cheap (dumb) portable to take on trips that can accept multiple adapters as noted above for when you take a long trip and the charging station you planned to use is not working.
Check your utility for best rates to charge and make a decision if you need to do time of day charging. You might want a smart charger like a JuiceBox or ChargePoint to manage your TOD charging.
Advice on taking delivery
Once the car reaches the dealer, during their PDI (post delivery inspection), they should plan to apply all available software updates before turning it over. They won't want to, but if you get it done before you take delivery, you won't have schedule a return appointment any time soon.
Advice Post Delivery
Sign up with various charging companies. Until there is a better standard, all charging companies seem to require you to register yourself and your car. You don't need to buy a subscription unless you plan to charge frequently on the road. ChargePoint, Electrify America, EVGo, and perhaps GreenLots are a good start. You'll want to use Plugshare to see who has fast 50kW or faster chargers within about 300 miles of your home so to decide on who you should subscribe with.
Ask lots of questions on this board and let us know what you get. Good luck! The driving experience is fantastic as is the "curb appeal".
2019 I-Pace EV400 SE
Firenze Red - Ebony/Ebony
Driver Assist Pack
Black Exterior Pack
20" 5 Spoke Style 5068 Gloss Black Wheels
plus a few extras
Last edited by Sbingham60; 05-06-2019 at 03:07 PM.