Jaguar’s First All-Electric Car - The Jaguar I-PACE
The Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar's first ever battery powered electric vehicle has made a European Debut at the Geneva Show and should be ready to order late 2018.
Car manufacturers are coming under increasing pressure to reduce emissions as EU targets become harder and harder to achieve, and punish those who do not comply with a £90 fine per car made. So, like many others, British car makers Jaguar are now turning to electric power. Design Director, Ian Callum has introduced the new addition to the Jaguar line-up
“The I-PACE represents the next generation of electric vehicle design. It is a preview of a five-seat production car that will be on the road in 2018.”
The new I-Pace will be capable of 200 mph and will speed from 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds, delivering 400 horsepower. A single charge has the ability to provide around a 300 mile range, which Jaguar say is enough for the average commute to work for a week. This electric Jaguar uses a 90kWh lithium ion battery which can be charged at public stations, a specialised wall box at home or using a conventional plug socket. One major concern over electric vehicles is the amount of time it takes to charge; this model can achieve a full charge in 2 hours and can reach a partial charge of 80% in 90 minutes when using a 500kW DC charging point. With no emissions, the I-PACE will not be liable to pay any road tax or congestion charges.
Inside is as luxurious as any other Jaguar with lightweight slim-line seats in Windsor Leather with stitched labels that include a Jaguar paw print. The Jaguar I-Pace is made on a new all-aluminium platform and size wise will be similar to the F-Pace. The I-Pace will only be marginally shorter, lower and narrower, but due to a longer wheelbase space for passengers is increased. Jaguar claim rear passengers will have 10 mm more legroom than a BMW 7 Series.
The exterior of the Jaguar I-Pace creates an SUV type profile. the rear screen is sharply angles and has been treated with a hydrophobic coating meaning a rear wiper is unnecessary. Where you would usually see tailpipes are rear vents to channel air away from the rear wheel arches and reduce drag. Jaguar has worked hard to reduce drag on the I-Pace and the drag coefficient stated is 029 which is very respectable for an SUV. To keep cabin space high the battery is kept under the floor leaving 530 litres of boot space and a further 28 litres under the bonnet. A panoramic glass roof can be illuminated with LED’s at night and there are 4 screens including a Head-Up-Display.
The 5-seater luxury I-PACE will be all-wheel drive and the model shown featured 23” alloy wheels. Prices are expected to start at £55,000 when ordering begins late 2018.
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30 March 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy