Jaguar I-Pace Designer: Electric Cars “Will Eventually Replace The Combustion Engine”

5 months ago by Eric Loveday 21

Jaguar i-Pace debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Jaguar i-Pace debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar, says that the automaker’s I-Pace electric SUV  opens a new chapter in Jaguar’s playbook.

Inside the i-Pace

Inside the i-Pace

Callum recently stated:

“This will be our first-ever battery-powered electric vehicle and opens a new chapter in our history.”

He added:

“I believe electric cars are here for the next 100 years and will eventually replace the combustion engine.”

So, it seems even Jaguar believes that electric vehicles are here to stay and that ICE automobiles are travelling down the slow road to extinction.

As for the I-Pace, Callum had a few comments on its design:

“It has to carry on the current Jaguar look. It is very important for Jaguar today to be recognizable as a brand. Our design needs to be consistent.”

But there were a few design elements specific to it being electric:

“The rear needed be very aerodynamic, which meant it would be blunt and harsh, so we worked hard to refine it and make it more Jaguar – more elegant.”

The CD is remarkably low at 0.29 and this is achieved largely through design work out back, notes Callum.

Callum concluded the discussion by saying the I-Pace is likely the most critical vehicle for Jaguar since the E-Type!

Source: Forbes

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23 responses to "Jaguar I-Pace Designer: Electric Cars “Will Eventually Replace The Combustion Engine”"

  1. Joshua Burstyn says:

    Good for them. Lovely car.

  2. CLIVE says:

    And so the F-Pace becomes the i-Pace.

    1. jpdecaen says:

      The F pace is the ICE suv. Different vehicle altogether.

      1. CLIVE says:

        Same car with different powertrain.

        1. JustWilliamPDX says:

          Not at all. Different platform, body AND powertrain. Not even scheduled to be built by Jaguar in England, but by Magna-Steyr in Austria.

          1. CLIVE says:

            Seriously maybe go compare the two.

            Not built yet, but clearly the same body minus the panels.

  3. bukweet says:

    Nice looking car.

    Those wheels look to be BIG!

  4. Foo says:

    Looks like a BMW i-whatever.

    1. bogdan says:

      Since Apple invented the ‘I’, everybody is trying to copy it. That’s a obvious lack of talent, their ‘I’ stands for imbecile (and not for inteligent).

      1. SJC says:

        The “i” in iPhone stood for Internet.

  5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “…it seems even Jaguar believes that electric vehicles are here to stay and that ICE automobiles are travelling down the slow road to extinction.”

    Good to see Jaguar talking the talk. Now let’s see them walk the walk.

    “It has to carry on the current Jaguar look. It is very important for Jaguar today to be recognizable as a brand.”

    Then perhaps you shouldn’t have so closely copied the look of the BMW i3.

    1. Ambulator says:

      Copied the i3? I don’t see that at all. The Bolt looks more like an i3, though even they are not very similar.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        I was just referring to the side view above. Is there any other Jaguar which has the wheels pushed out to the corners like that?

        From other angles, certainly the two cars don’t look similar.

        i3 from the side:

        I-Pace not from the side:

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Hmmm, the link to that 2nd picture didn’t work. Let’s try a different one:

          1. CLIVE says:

            Maybe get an eye exam stat !!

  6. goodbyegascar says:

    Should be named the “Type-e”

  7. Bill Howland says:

    Hummm, the fly in the ointment here is apparently Germany is going to be going whole HOG toward H2 the way that California Is.

    I was doubtful about H2’s feaibility, but I’ve always said that if they FORCE it to work, it will work.

    If that is so, and like California, they incentivize H2 at a much greater level, then poor little ev’s wont have much of a chance to get off the ground.

  8. Janesh says:

    Even the CD is the same compared with the i3.

  9. E-Bruno says:

    O,29 Cd is such an advanced design, it puts the 2020 Jag in the same league as 1980’s Opels – Kadett E, Omega A and Vectra A.
    Wow!

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