With more car manufacturers producing electric vehicles than ever before, is the reign of Tesla about to fall? Doubtful but stiff competition is on the horizon! One car that is on that horizon is the brand new Jaguar I-Pace, an all electric car, capable of similar performance as the Tesla, with a price tag to match. Perfect timing, considering the Geneva Motor show is next week.
The new I-Pace has twin electric motors, one on each axle, so its four wheel drive, which would be nice in this current snowy weather. These motors give out an impressive 400PS/696Nm of torque, resulting in a 0-60mph time of 4.5s! That’s the same as a Porsche 911 GT3.
It has the speed but how often will you need to stop to charge the internal batteries? The I-Pace comes with a 90kWh Lithium-ion battery, which will do just shy of 300 miles or London to the Lake District in one charge. Performance of the battery is still to be determined but Jaguar state that if charged via a 50kW charger, it will do 0-80% in 80 minutes. Jaguar have also future proofed the battery to cater for the new 100kW super charging points that are meant to hit the market soon, which will result in a 0-80% in just 45 minutes. Trouble is, you’re home electrical infrastructure wont be able to cater for such a demand, so you’re still looking at an overnight charge based on a domestic 7-22kW supply. It’s good to know that once service stations upgrade to 100kW chargers, you wont need to stop for more than an hour. Jaguar are offering a solid 8 year warranty of their battery.
It’s a known fact that batteries under perform in cold conditions, which is why Jaguar have included a small heat pump to help keep the batteries warm in cold conditions. Looking at the other side, they have included a refrigeration unit to cool the batteries when the external temperature is high.
Inside the I-Pace, it looks almost futuristic, like the Tesla but Jaguar have kept alot of the buttons, so you can still turns things on the old fashioned way. It boasts a 12″ touch screen display, including all the usual features you’d expect, plus an EV navigation system, which takes into account your journey distance, battery capabilities and nearby public charging points. Traditional Jaguar’s have a luxury feel to them and the I-Pace continues that tradition.
There are currently 3 models available, the I-Pace S, I-Pace SE & I-Pace HSE, with price tags £63k, £69k & £74k respectively. The I-Pace is currently available to order now.