Jaguar promises this is “the EV drivers have been waiting for”
It’s been a long time coming for Jaguar’s all-electric SUV, the I-PACE, but its release is finally here. Having snuck through London and cruised around California, the model is now available to order.
Heralded as a potential Tesla-killer (although what isn’t these days), the I-PACE boasts some impressive stats. A 90kWh li-ion battery, comprised of 432 pouch cells, offers a range of 480km (based on the updated and fairly realistic WLTP driving cycle). Hype aside however, it certainly looks and feels like one of the first real-life, in-production SUVs capable of taking the fight to Tesla’s Model X.
In addition to range, Jaguar has realised the importance of including high-power charging. The I-PACE will manage a 0-80% battery charge in 40 minutes using 100-kW DC rapid charging. At home, a 7-kW AC wall box offers the same state charge in just over ten hours, which Jaguar says is ideal for overnight charging.
The automaker has also included a suite of “smart range-optimising technologies” including a battery pre-conditioning system. This allows the I-PACE to automatically raise or lower its battery temperature to maximise range ahead of a drive.
Propulsion comes from two Jaguar electric motors, with driveshafts passing through the motors themselves for compactness. These are sited on each axle, producing 696Nm and all-wheel-drive, all-surface traction. Exceptional torque will carry the I-PACE from 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds.
With a heavy stash of batteries frame weight is reduced by an aluminium architecture with “advanced riveting and bonding technology.”
As with most new models, it also features a host of other connected technologies. In addition to connectivity with Amazon Alexa there will also be a Jaguar InControl Remote app which holds user data and syncs with the EV. The EV firmware will also be able to receive over-the-air-updates.
The I-PACE is available to order now, and is priced from £63,495 (US$87,476) in the UK before any incentives. Jaguar says it will also be available in S, SE and HSE derivatives alongside a First Edition, all inspired by the design of the original concept.