For that reason I passed on my I Pace and got the F Pace S . First the leasing price was riduclious . They wanted over 1750.00 and I got the F pace for about half the price. The range on the F Pace is 450 miles and I don't have to worry about charging infrastructure. No one seems to know much about the car and that also scared me...they need to get their act together. Maybe next time.
Truth: For most folk, the ICE equivalents are going to meet their expectations better. Why? You don't have any positive expectations of an EV, and you are completely used to the negative functional issues with ICE drivetrains. You must drive somewhere to refuel it and you are not able to warm the interior while parked inside a closed garage. Sure you can have a blower vent on your garage and buy gas in 55gal drums for home use, but... meh. And smog checks and oil changes are a necessary evil. And you should not floor your cold ICE engine until it warms up.
But... electromotive drive is addictive. It's disappointing to drive something without EV drive once you get used to having it.
The instant torque is highly addictive. It's like cruising in a naturally aspirated V8 at 4500 rpm at all times, but without the noise or drama. Put the spurs to it and it bolts. It does not disappoint. The zero to sixty number doesn't do an EV justice. If you take two cars with the same 0-60mph time, one is an EV and the other is not, the EV will feast on the dead carcasses of the ICE cars up to 85 mph.
Our Caddy is lighter and more powerful at 11.0 lb per horsepower. In real world street driving, the i-Pace is much quicker even though it's 12.1 lb per hp. It's not even close; the Caddy is bringing a knife to gunfight.
About the leasing? Ugghh... Like the Tesla, the i-Pace is cheaper for us to buy on finance for 5 years than lease it for 10k miles a year for 3 years. That's bizarre and makes no financial sense because the $7500 Fed tax credit goes to the MFR not the customer. WTF? But I've never leased before, so it's just a curiosity for me.
About dealer product knowledge? That has always been a hit and miss issue at all dealers. I've known more about the nuts and bolts of cars/trucks/MCs I buy than the dealers do nearly every time. I start researching months before I buy. It's just in this particular case, the gap was far wider than with any other buying experience. Case in point, they did not know a CCS was available 0.6 miles from their dealer, so had to charge the car at 120vac x 10 amps. I even warned them before the car arrived and showed them a map of where to DCFC the car. The staff was friendly, but NB JLR is an ICE-specific dealer.