Join Date: May 2018
Location: Norco, California, USA
At this point, regardless of sales numbers, the I-Pace stands in a Class of One. It is the only "luxury" EV available so far. Which is why I have an I-Pace and not a Model S.
When kitted in a similar fashion in the US, the I-Pace is still significantly cheaper than the Model S.
The I-Pace and it's competitors, the Audi and Mercedes, will affect MS/X sales in two ways. Choices, and hesitation. Tesla played the Hesitation game very well, they thrive on it, but now, the shoe might be on the other foot.
History: An EV was being driven by the press in early 2016. It claimed that it would be $30k after rebates, and have "over 200 miles" of range. So when Tesla had their presentation, Elon said $35k and 220 miles to make folk hesitant of the new EV. These were not accounting numbers, these were a weapon against a competitor.
The irony is that the "Bolt EV" can be found for about $25k after rebates, easily goes 240 miles, and made it's production deadline. Chevrolet threw keys to a handful of reporters and told them to meet up 240 miles from the presentation location. All the Bolts made it, one with 50 miles left. Nobody else so far has done such a thing.
Now they have a minor marketing problem. Tesla and their followers have been spending a lot of time scoffing at 240 mile class stripped EVs as not having the range, and lacking free supercharging. Now they are selling exactly such vehicles themselves.
Jaguar i-Pace FE Photon Red 20" wheels, "Leaper"
Two Chevrolet Volts in service
24.2 kW x 480v 3ph solar array self-installed.