Had an opportunity to drive from the Orlando, FL area to Fort Lauderdale, FL. There was enough time to allow for charging mishaps along the way. Definitely ran into one.
The total one way distance was 202 miles. I had a full charge (100%) with an estimate 217 mile range based upon my normal heavier highway usage in my daily commute.
Since I'd be driving between 75 and 85 mph along the way, I didn't expect to get 200 miles on the charge and planned for a mid-point stop in Vero Beach where there is a 50Kw EVgo charger named "Antonio". Was planning to just add 30 to 50 miles of charge to get me comfortably to Ft. Lauderdale. Didn't work out as planned. The fast EVgo charger never got past the "Communicating with Vehicle" stage. Called customer service and they tried resetting the charging station. I've used EVgo a couple of times in other locations with no problem. So I drove the car to the nearest Jaguar dealer (Treasure Coast Jaguar), where they gave me enough charge to comfortably finish the trip to Ft. Lauderdale.
While in Ft. Lauderdale, I found another 50Kw EVgo charger and was able to bring the car up to 50% charge for some local driving. Before the final trip back, I charged the car to 80% or about 180 miles. I had planned to stop and try Vero Beach again, but had a plan B and plan C location just in case. Got to Vero Beach, and same problem. EVgo 50kw charger "Antonio" could not complete the communicating with vehicle. So I'm sitting there with an estimate 27 miles on the GOM and two options that were about 30 miles away. Decided to back track to the Jaguar dealer again. They charged me up enough, after 90 minutes to finish the trip back home. Got to the Jaguar dealer with 1 mile on the GOM.
For me, this was a science experiment to understand my options on the longer drives. For my wife, it was high anxiety. Learned a couple of things.
1) Navigation system found fewer charging stations than Plugshare. Plugshare really seems to be my go-to as there are a number of different charge providers.
2) On this route, there were a number of Tesla Superchargers, but only one active 50Kw+ charger that was operational. There are two 150kw expected to go in from Electrify America, but nothing useful yet. For the next 6 months to a year, Tesla wins via charging.
3) Even chargers on the same network might not work. I suspect that Antonio was a newer charger and perhaps different software version. If an update for the I-Pace does anything for the charging system, I plan a trip back to see Antonio in Vero Beach.
4) Treasure Coast Jaguar was great. They even offered to wash the car before I left the second time. However, they have very little experience with the I-Pace. The dealer didn't show up on Plugshare or the Navigation system. I just looked up Jaguar to see if any were near. The Jaguar dealer doesn't have their Chargers publicly accessible like they do a the Nissan dealer that was next door, which may be why they didn't show on Plugshare.
5) Lastly, my wife doesn't want to join me on the next science experiment. I'll need to make sure the route has adequate stations in advance, otherwise, we take the RAV4