Jaguar I-PACE – the “future of electric motoring” hits the streets (video)

1 week ago by Mark Kane 30

Jaguar touts great feedback from the debut of its I-PACE Concept, which did indeed sparked enthusiasm beyond expectations (see photos and videos of the I-PACE in Photon Red from Geneva here).

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

The British brand encourages the public to visit the mini-site it has set up for the EV, and of course to also click the  ‘I want one’ button, as the final production-intent version will be presented in September 2017 (which apparently will be a happening month as the Nissan LEAF 2.0 will also debute), with sales to begin in the second half of 2018.

One of the prototypes was recently demonstrated for the first time on the streets of London, at the famous Olympic Park – see photos below.

“Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-PACE – onto the streets for the first time. Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept previews Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be revealed in late 2017 and will be on the road in the second half of 2018.”

“The I-PACE will be a long distance sprinter that accelerates to 60 mph in around 4 seconds, with a range of more than 500km (NEDC cycle) from the 90kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging is easy and quick, with 80 per cent charge achieved in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging.

Compact, lightweight electric motors at the front and rear axles generate a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, with the all-weather benefits of all-wheel drive. The I-PACE will also deliver the agility, ride comfort and refinement that will set it apart from all other electric vehicles: it will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers’ car.”

Ian Callum Director of Design, Jaguar said:

“The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic. With the I-PACE Concept we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. It has surprised people and the enthusiasm for our first electric vehicle has been beyond all my expectations.”

“Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-PACE’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived.”

Quick specs:

  • 0-60 mph in ~4 seconds
  • AWD, 400 hp total and 516 lb-ft of torque (two 200 hp electric motors)
  • 220+ mile / 350 km all-electric range
  • liquid-cooled 90 kWh battery with cells from LG Chem
  • 23-inch wheels (pretty standard fare for a concept vehicle)
  • drag coefficient of 0.29
  • at least 50 kW DC fast charging with CCS Combo
  • Heat pump
  • class-leading regen – up to 150 kW
  • 5 seats
  • length: 184 inches, width: 74.4

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

Jaguar I-PACE Concept

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31 responses to "Jaguar I-PACE – the “future of electric motoring” hits the streets (video)"

  1. Rick Danger says:

    I’m not much on SUVs, but this is the best looking one I’ve seen yet.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      A fridge, couch, or 4X8 hauler this thing isn’t. Maybe our mods can tell us why it isn’t a cross-over, “cute-ute”, er hatchback?

      1. Hank S. says:

        Yeah, it probably won’t meet any general definition of an SUV (construction, chassis, towing, etc). However, for marketing purposes they probably had no choice except to attend to call it an SUV given the likely price. It’s hard for buyers to rationalize a CUV or hatch that costs twice as much as they think it should cost, but a small SUV with a unibody and limited or zero towing capabilities can somehow be rationalized if it suits their use case.

        Very nice design though and I rarely like 2 box designs in cars.

    2. Rich says:

      According to Jaguar, this is the first all electric Jaguar “sports car”.
      http://www.jaguar.com/jaguar-range/i-pace-concept-car/index.html
      Watch the video on their site, top of the page. You can skip through 80% of the video to get to the actual car part of the video.

      Interestingly, it’s the same dimensions as the Tesla model 3 prototype

      Jaguar I-Pace – length: 184 inches, width: 74.4
      Tesla Model 3 prototype – length: 184″, width: 74″ (based on MotorTrend’s estimation)

      Other reference data:
      BMW 328i = 182″(l) x 71″(w) x 56″(h)
      Audi A4 = 185″(l) x 72″(w) x 56″(h)

    3. Dav8or says:

      Agreed. I like it better than the Teslas. Pretty sweet ride I expect.

  2. ijonjack says:

    Girly Car !! L O L..

  3. Nick says:

    Jag should make a deal with Tesla to use the super chargers. Would make the car much more useful.

    1. Rich says:

      +1 Sounds like a good idea to me.

    2. Dav8or says:

      I think that would seriously hurt Tesla sales.

  4. DonC says:

    Looks vaguely like a Range Rover and most other SUVs its size. That’s not a bad thing. Jaguar under Tata has definitely upped its game and understands luxury. Reliability is also way up, so expect this to hang together.

    Have to see on the price.

    Can’t say I’d push the “I want one” button but wouldn’t mind having one. LOL

  5. Anon says:

    I don’t think the future of motoring has HUGE radiator grills in the front…

    1. speculawyer says:

      Seriously. WTF were they thinking? All that does is reduce their range.

    2. JIMJFOX says:

      Jaguar identity. Also I find the Model 3 Tesla ugly without some ‘grille-like’ decoration, it just looks bland & wrong. Even if it were just etched on, the ‘3’ would look more like a ‘car’.
      Whatever, another entry to the EV revolution is great.

      1. speculawyer says:

        Overcome your deep seated illogical instincts.

        Why give in to such illogical feelings that REDUCE PERFORMANCE.

        It is like those early automobiles (AKA “Horseless carriages”) that looked just like horse carriages because that was what people were familiar with. However, that design had TERRIBLE aerodynamics and its high center of gravity made it inherently unstable.

        Design for function, not the aesthetics of your childhood. If you have to be old school then fake it like they did with fake wood paneling. Tesla had their faux grille with the original Model S “nose cone” but they have moved on.

  6. Rich says:

    Congrats to Jaguar for developing a BEV people will actually want. Rumored to be at 60,000 pound, that’s roughly $74K USD for a 90kWh pack. Not bad.

    1. Rich says:

      Interesting development. I-Pace to cost $35K to $40K USD.

      https://cleantechnica.com/2017/03/15/volvo-exec-1st-volvo-electric-car-will-35000-40000/

      If the price and time to delivery are true, it might be a Model 3 competitor.

      1. Dav8or says:

        Ummm… the iPace is a Jaguar. You posted a link to some upcoming Volvo. The iPace will not be $35,000 – $40,000. I suspect closer to double that.

        1. Rich says:

          LOL
          It must have been wishful thinking 🙂

  7. ffbj says:

    The future of electric motoring has already arrived, good to see Jaguar is joining it.

  8. Djoni says:

    What’s about those carpet?
    It look like a cotton field.

    1. JIMJFOX says:

      I see you have your priorities well sorted ;-))

  9. speculawyer says:

    Uh . . . you realize that you don’t need a grille, right?

    Actually . . . that grille is a drag on aerodynamics. Join the 21st century!

    1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

      About grille drag. The way I understand aerodynamics this grille would only create drag if it is real, I mean an opening for cooling. If it is a fake grille (closed) then about no drag at all will be produced. So is it fake or not ? Not sure at this stage.

    2. przemo_li says:

      Yup.

      Imagine Lexus brand identity crisis when they finally move their cabbage salad fast makers to electric power trains.

    3. DonC says:

      I rather like the “no grill” look from a design standpoint, but from an engineering standpoint you need airflow for cooling purposes. The grill might be louvered. Those work well, open at lower speeds and closed at higher.

      1. speculawyer says:

        You need VERY LITTLE airflow for cooling in an EV compared to an ICE. Yes, there needs to be SOME grille but not nearly that much.

        Heck, a typical ICE Toyota has less grille than that electric Jag!

  10. Martin Winlow says:

    No sign of a 4 second 0-60 in *that* video!

  11. Steven says:

    Color me interested.

  12. Avishay says:

    Haha anyone else reminded of the creepy old EV1 TV ads by the video in the Jaguar site?

  13. Terawatt says:

    Great to see Jaguar is one of the few luxury brands to launch something interesting before 2020.

    Pity it’ll be much too expensive for me.

    Maybe a used one in 2021…

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