2019 Jaguar I-Pace First Drive: A Force To Be Reckoned With

JUN 15 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 261

Jaguar aimed to produce the first worthy Tesla competitor, then raised the bar in so many ways.

The brand-new all-electric 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is not an exceptional car. It one-ups that by being a truly extraordinary one. While it wears the Jaguar moniker, it’s fair to say that it’s representative of nearly everything an all-electric Land Rover could offer. Marrying this with the I-Pace’s sports-car-meets-SUV facade, athletic handling, exhilarating acceleration, and spacious, luxurious cabin makes for a true game-changer. Like any car, it’s not without its faults, though they’re few and far between.

As many of you know, Jaguar has been flying multiple groups of journalists to Portugal over the course of several weeks for the I-Pace experience of a lifetime. We’ll admit up front that the automaker put each of us up in first-class airline cabins with all the priorities and extras one can imagine.

We spent two nights in Portugal; one at an exquisite luxury resort in Faro and the other in a hipster-friendly bistro hotel in Lagos, complete with its own private vegetable garden and orchard. At both locations, the food was impeccable, the service was unparalleled, and even the most lavish of incidentals were paid for by the automaker. To say that Jaguar treated us like royalty and organized the event with the utmost care and efficiency would be a ridiculous understatement.

The automaker managed several teams of journalists with over one hundred cars in three different fleets (one red, one white, and one blue) spread throughout various areas of southern Portugal. It was a true mirror of just how dedicated and thorough the automaker must have been in preparing the I-Pace for launch. Just keeping all the cars charged proved monumental, since there’s nowhere in the area suited for such a task.

During the two days of driving, there was little we didn’t have the opportunity to experience. After departing the hotel for our first day on the road, we worked through stop-and-go traffic on cramped streets through several small towns and more roundabouts than we cared to count. The drive continued with a short trek on the highway, followed by hours of navigating narrow, winding roads up and down gorgeous hillsides. Our final destination was the difficult, 4.7km loop at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve circuit in Portimão.

Day two was an incredibly scenic drive beside valleys and rivers on a well-paved road with plenty of room to allow the I-Pace to open up and glide seamlessly. As the trip wore on, the terrain changed to a long stretch of tight, unpaved gravel roadway.

Early on in our trip, we learned that Jaguar is all about surprises, so as expected, both days had a “secret” course mixed in with the charted portion of the drive. Day one found us fording a river and then climbing a very steep, sandy hill (on 22-inch summer performance tires). One the second day, we traversed a small mountain on rough, narrow dirt roads with incredibly tight curves, no guard rails, and the occasional deep rut.

The I-Pace took every bit of each task in stride. There was never a point that we felt it couldn’t or wouldn’t easily handle the mission. In fact, the I-Pace exceeded our expectations without hesitation, making us feel safe, secure, and confident at all times. This speaks volumes when we’re talking about a car we’d only been in for a matter of hours, especially when considering the ridiculous level of prowess needed to tackle such rigorous excursions.

The Numbers

We won’t spend much time here. While this was the first drive for many, Jaguar has been pretty transparent with I-Pace numbers for some time, which we’ve shared on multiple occasions. The all-wheel-drive I-Pace features a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack and will achieve at least 240 miles of EPA-estimated range. It can tackle a zero-to-60-mph sprint in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph. Its dual motors combine to churn out 394 hp and 512 pound-feet of torque, and its drag coefficient sits at 0.29, which is the lowest number Jaguar has ever achieved.

In terms of charging, the I-Pace accepts 100kW or 50kW DC Fast with the CCS plug format, though its hardware is capable of more, and over-the-air software updates may drive the number up as high as 120kW in the future. At 100kW, you’re looking at 40 minutes for a 0-80 percent charge, whereas at 50kW it will take about 85 minutes. As far as home charging is concerned, the I-Pace comes with an onboard 7kW charger that will get you filled up in about 13 hours via a 230-volt outlet.

The I-Pace starts at $69,500. Keep in mind, we started our trip in the fully-loaded First Edition model with 22-inch wheels, which has an MSRP of $85,900. On the second day, we moved to the $80,500 HSE trim with 20-inch wheels.

The Details

Needless to say, the I-Pace commanded a level of agility not often found in a car of its stance and weight (4,784 pounds), though I will point out that the 20-inch wheels are definitely the way to go and we can only imagine that the standard 18s may be an even better choice for most drivers. Its instant torque and potent acceleration were enough that the car would easily get away from you if you weren’t in complete control of the situation.

Regardless of the terrain, the I-Pace remained composed and coddling. Even after nearly an hour of off-roading (we accidentally diverted from the intended course and found ourselves braving a much steeper, more treacherous, and ridiculously bumpy two-track), our bodies weren’t beat up as one might have expected them to be.

We rarely touched the brake pedal to engage the friction brakes due to the I-Pace’s strong regenerative braking. However, the roundabouts proved trying at times as locals didn’t like to slow down or stop as expected. The few times I had to brake hard to avoid an incident, I was impressed with the how quickly the heavy car came to an abrupt halt. The same was true of the brakes at higher speeds when we had to deal with sharp, blind curves at the track.

The steering feel was tight and predictable, not unlike any respectable European sports sedan. Despite the I-Pace’s raised stance, large tires, and massive weight, there was no obvious body roll and it was much more adept at carving corners than I had imagined.

The seats were some of the most comfortable and supportive I’ve sat in, as well as highly adjustable. We spent many hours in the car with few breaks over the course of two days, but I never felt an urge to stop and exit the car to stretch out. The shape and cab-forward design of the I-Pace afforded plenty of head and legroom in the front and rear seats. I’m not tall, but my driving partner, along with many of the other journos, was much taller. None of them seemed to experience any issues. However, entering and exiting the I-Pace required a bit of ducking strategy to keep from knocking your head, but once you’re in the cockpit, there’s an open feeling.

The I-Pace’s trunk provides generous room for cargo and the seats fold down to offer a more expansive area. With the seats up, the I-Pace offers 25.3 cubic feet of room. Fold them down and that number grows to an impressive 51 cubic feet. In addition, the I-Pace has a small frunk.

Notable Features

The I-Pace offers six USB ports, an adaptive suspension, adaptive cruise control, lane tracking, lane keep assist, a head-up display, over-the-air software updates, and a unique Dynamic Active Sound Design feature. The dynamic audio is a computer-generated motor sound that can be dialed up depending on your preference. While it’s difficult to explain, I’ll say that it sounded like a growing “whoosh” that mutated to more of a roar when you stepped on the pedal in its highest setting. For those who appreciate the silence of electrified powertrains, there’s also a noise-canceling “Calm” setting that makes the cabin increasingly serene.

The I-Pace’s navigation system informs you of what your battery level should be at your destination, as well as waypoints in between. It also offers convenient charging stations along your route and shows what your battery level will be at each location. The car’s AI learns your driving habits and factors in terrain, traffic, and weather conditions to make the most accurate determination of battery level. Although our I-Pace didn’t have the two weeks it takes to learn our driving habits, and we taxed the heck out of it on our relentless journey, we found the estimations to be quite precise.

Jaguar also offers an Adaptive Surface Response mode in the I-Pace. It’s essentially an off-road cruise control that handles difficult terrain. You simply steer the car and toggle the speed up and down on the steering wheel while it figures out how to manage the conditions. This came in very handy as we were lined up on a sandy hillside with our noses pointed skyward. Seeing out the front of the vehicle was virtually impossible, and the last thing I wanted to do was take my foot off the brake pedal and hope I could achieve forward traction. If I was unsuccessful, I would have rolled back into the trailing car. With the setting on, I just lifted my foot off the brake and the I-Pace proceeded up the hill almost as if it was on flat pavement.

The I-Pace includes a high and low regen setting. In high, you can drive in most conditions and situations with one pedal. The low setting is best-suited for freeway driving. The I-Pace also features a creep mode, which makes driving feel more like a traditional gas-powered car. When you take your foot off the brake, the car will slowly proceed forward without having to apply the accelerator pedal.

Finally, Jaguar took great care to address heat management in the I-Pace, which is critical when it comes to EVs. It employs three independent cooling systems to manage temperature in the cabin, the battery pack, and other related electronics.

Faults

It was honestly difficult to find much not to like about the I-Pace. However, every car has its faults, and our job is to be critical. My biggest issue may not actually impact many buyers. As I stated earlier, I’m a short man (about 5’5″ to be precise). No matter which position I chose with the driver’s seat and steering wheel, I still felt like the top part of the wheel and the curved section of the dash were obstructing my view. Added to this, visibility out the small rear window is subpar and the rearview mirror seemed forever dim. Thankfully, the backup camera was my savior. I experienced a similar issue with the size, position, and adjustment of the sideview mirrors, which made it awkward for me to see as much as I would have liked.

While the Touch Pro Duo interface in the I-Pace is not bad, especially for Jaguar, and there are much more arduous systems out there, I found it lacking for several reasons. The car has two touch screens – the top 10-inch screen controls most features in the car, aside from climate, which is reserved for the bottom 5.5-inch screen.

I found it taxing to search through menus for common features and had to take my eyes off the road often. On a few occasions during our trip, we had to pull over to search for a setting. At times, we returned to the road never having found what we were looking for. Even the setting for high and low regen is buried behind multiple menus. This was problematic since the high regen was not preferred once we entered the highway. Jaguar did tell us that while there’s no way to add a button for the feature at this point, certain controls may be moved to a more obvious location on the interface.

The bottom screen is nestled between physical dials for climate control. One would think that the tactile experience of still having some physical dials would be helpful. However, the pull-out, push-in, dialing nature of the controls was something that we never got a handle on. Additionally, every time I reached down to adjust the temperature, other settings kept changing inadvertently. Over time, I realized that as I was grabbing the dial with my thumb and index finger, my other fingers were resting on the 5.5-inch touch screen and activating various settings at random. Fortunately, the I-Pace’s Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant can be used to control many features, and according to Jaguar, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available in the vehicle in the near future.

As with any new technology, a few days is not enough time to get properly acclimated. Over time, we feel confident that most I-Pace owners should become comfortable with the interface.

Bottom Line

The Jaguar I-Pace is a true gem when it comes to EVs, but, more importantly, it’s a fantastic car by any standard. Hopefully, people in the market for a vehicle of this caliber will realize what a game-changer Jaguar has created, and the automaker will be able to produce enough to keep up with demand and make an impact.

Our fear is that, like most electric vehicles, the car won’t be readily available or manufactured in very large numbers, at least initially. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Jaguar has what it takes to beat these odds, even if it takes time. The automaker deserves to sell a wealth of copies of the I-Pace as much as the auto-buying public deserves to experience all it has to offer. Suffice it to say, Jaguar has successfully delivered us the future.

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261 Comments on "2019 Jaguar I-Pace First Drive: A Force To Be Reckoned With"

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EVShopper

“Hopefully, the masses will realize what a game-changer Jaguar has created,”

It doesn’t matter if the masses recognize this, as the masses can not afford an $80k car.

Rick S

I have to agree with you. The model 3 will already be the most expensive car I have EVER purchased and almost past my comfort level with the premium package and long range battery. Even the base Model 3 is a slight stretch for the masses, but it wins hands down in comparison to the other contenders as far performance/range/style.. for now. They will own the segment for a while as the others play catch up. It’s good to see others coming and hopefully they do well.

Dav8or

Slight stretch my eye. Get out of your bubble. A $50,000 car is way outside of bounds for the masses. Most of the masses can’t even afford a brand new car at ANY price, although many will go in over their head, default and have to turn a car back. I guess it still counts as a “sale”.

Dimitrij

We can’t really say that the base Model 3 “wins hands down in comparison to other contenders” or “owns the segment” because it doesn’t exist.

Al D

After reading all the customer complaints about the Model 3, it looks like Tesla cut way too many corners to offset the cost of the battery and drivetrain. The Tesla forums are full of complaints about the interior, fit and finish, and excessive road and wind noise. What’s the sense in a whisper-quiet battery/drivetrain with all that road and wind noise? One customer said his Model 3 was louder than his Civic at speeds above 55 mph. Even the Civic is too loud for me. I’m sure I’d be very disappointed on the highway with the Model 3, even if the car exuded $40,000 quality inside and out. Our roads are a bit coarse down here in Southwest Florida.

Bruce Sanders

Go to jaguarusa.com and build one. Only the initial production batch will start near this price. There are “base” models available.

yo

“Hopefully, the masses will realize what a game-changer Jaguar has created,”

Actually I would say that is very correct even if they cannot currently afford one…
The masses once realized what game changes computers and big screen LCD’s etc etc… were and the rich bought them driving down the cost for the masses who by that time lusted after their 50″ big screen that is dirt cheap now days…

Viriato

A Model S P75 AWD costs 75.000 $. A Model X P75 D costs 80.000 $. And they haven’t the quality fabrication, finishing and design than the Jaguar in my opinion. So, if thousands of people could buy Model S and X for years, maybe other people can buy the i-Pace.

Mint

The X (and even the S) are far larger vehicles than the iPace. Jaguar is really in a niche market (midsize sedan, slightly crossover-like) by itself waiting for competitors.

Viriato

With a short range of EVs in the market, I think the consumers doesn’t care about differences in size or type of vehicle. You can buy a Leaf, a Bolt or an I3 if you have 40.000 $ and want a electric 4 seats car. The important is to own an EV that people can afford and do what they need, and the i-Pace can do the same than a Model S P75, at almost same price. And if you like SUV’s but don’t need more than 5 seats, it can be an alternative for the Model X P75 too at te same price.
In the future with more than one sedan, more than one suv, more than one compact, more than one MPV…. people could focus their purchase on the type of vehicle and segment that fit better they needs, but I think today the most important is that be an EV, not what segment of EV.

MDEV

Good points, however the supercharger network will break the tide. That is why Tesla has been playing a very smart game.

menorman

Other networks are quickly growing, including those that provide charging nearly as fast as the Supercharger network.

David Green

Or Electrify America which will be fasted then Tesla Superchargers when car tech is ready for faster rates.

David Cary

Depends where you live I guess. Just checked for an update.
If I go out for about 75 miles from Raleigh, I have 6-7 superchargers. One is not official but has been working for years.

The only other quick chargers are primarily Nissan dealerships, Sheetz (which are expensive), and a few university chargers (UNC, NC State, Duke and Elon each have 1) – helpful but not usually convenient. Then there are 2 at AAA – one which is rated 2.4 by plugshare.

I have never seen more than 2 Chademo/CCS together.

So quickly growing? – not around here. 2 of the Tesla’s are less than a year old.

There is no way no how I am going on a roadtrip around here and counting on a quickcharging system that isn’t Tesla’s. 2 EV’s with 8.5 yrs combined ownership.

David Green

I just looked at the map, and Phase 1 of Electrify America has 3 routes around Raleigh that will have chargers stations. funny thing, I was just in Raleigh yesterday checking out one of my soccer player friends new homes… That is a beautiful area. Not too many people down there into EV’s or solar though. I was talking to the guy building my buddies home, and when I mentioned solar you would have thought I swore, he was skeptical to say the least. haha!

FarmerDave

Keyword: *will*

as opposed to *have*

David Green

Patience my dear…. it will happen sooner then you think…

Riggald

In the USA, CCS hass grown to ~1,100 locations in about 18 months.
In May, the first 4 locations opened, providing a mix of chargers providing 150kW and 350kW per car

Riggald

The i-Pace has a longer wheelbase than both the Model S and the Model X, and on paper (and my experience sitting in the back of both the i-Pace and X) has more knee and headroom than the S and X. The wheelbase is about 7″ longer than the Model 3’s.

Warren Hurd

I now drive an unaffordable Cadillac ELR. It was a lease return. I love it. Maybe in five years I will be able to add a Jaguar I-Pace to the fleet.

Ziv

The ELR is one of the most beautiful cars of the last 10 years. Every time I see one it truly stands out. Unfortunately, they only sold 2950 of them…

Bill Howland

It sure does – and it still turns head from the girls even yesterday – haha…..They sold more ELR’s than fellow Head Turner Tesla Roadster, which I swapped out for my current ELR

GibsonRS

Every time you see a Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, pretty much any Porsche an Audi with an RS badge or a BMW X6,7 or 8 all those cars would have started life at the I-Pace price point so whilst its not quite mass market …… it is a very big market all round the world (and getting bigger every year) …. plus nearly all of these cars are the highest CO2 emitters of their ranges ….. so I would say to displace at least 33k of these per year is a job well done.
Also it looks really great on 22″ wheels.

…….. plus when the new XJ (BEV) is announced this Autumn it will help consolidate Jaguars place in the EV marketplace

MDEV

Well Jaguar is not exactly the brand of the masses

Dru

Wonderful write-up. Mine arrives in California in September. I’m so looking forward to driving it.

Congrats on your upcoming car!
Just want to also let you know we have a section of the InsideEVs Forum dedicated to the I-Pace, with threads and discussion already underway. We hope we can be a solid resource for all I-Pace owners (and fans!)
https://www.insideevsforum.com/community/index.php?forums/i-pace.37/

Miggy

Hi Dru, just a matter of interest, what model of car will your Jaguar I-Pace replace?

Dru

I’ll be letting my kids drive my Bolt when I get the i-pace.

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

Hmmm… It is kind of hard to take this review seriously when Jaguar went so far out of their way to curry favor. I’ll wait for the Consumer Reports review, since I will know that they bought the car without special favor being accorded them.

Please understand that I am not impugning your integrity, and I greatly appreciate your candor about the perks of the trip. But it is hard to think that such treatment does not color a reviewer’s opinion.

Philip Robin
Of course, what Jaguar is doing, is generating good will, that will result in positive bias for them, in that the negatives will be downplayed, and positives will be up played, This does not mean, the reviewer is dishonest in anyway. A reviewer should always distance themselves as much as possible from such influence. This is no different, than video game youtubers getting free games to review. Unless you’re a machine, it does cloud your judgement. I strongly believe, those who review games, should not accept free games from publishers. For example, let’s say I don’t like my neighbor, and everyday, he comes over for a week, and gives me a gift, and at the end of the week, he asks me for a job reference in terms of his character. I would be hard pressed to say anything negative. This is just basic human nature. We tend to be kind to those who were kind to us. Does it mean I’m dishonest? No, I will tend to emphasize the positive, and down play any negatives. Steven did the right thing in pointing out the good treatment he received from Jaguar, but this can never be considered an unbias review,… Read more »
David Green

I disagree… Steven did discuss some of what he considered flaws in the I-Pace in detail. Other folks that have been on this retreat have had similar critiques, but the one critique I have not heard at all is mechanical problems, or build quality issues, at some point you just realize this is a very solid built car with terrific capabilities. Its a game changer in BEV’s from the car standpoint. Now the charging and reliability are the next things to be tested.

JasonB

Probably best I-Pace review ever. Thanks!

bradley cross

concur and I have read/seen most of them. I liked the negative points. I am planning on getting 1 in a few years too.

Bruce Sanders
It was honestly difficult to find much not to like about the I-Pace. However, every car has its faults, and our job is to be critical. My biggest issue may not actually impact many buyers. As I stated earlier, I’m a short man (about 5’5″ to be precise). No matter which position I choose with the driver’s seat and steering wheel, I still felt like the top part of the wheel and the curved section of the dash were obstructing my view. ————————————————- I own a Jaguar F-Type with a manual transmission…and I understand what you are speaking about. I am not ashamed to say that I have a small black pillow placed on the drivers seat to give me a little lift. Works great! Advise to anyone looking for an I-Pace – test drive a unit with the 18″ wheels before you sign. I originally ordered my F-Type with the 20″ wheels, but a test drive convinced me to change to the 19″ wheels. We don’t have the best roads around here and at 40psi in the tires, the ride can be brutal. I look forward to possibly owning an I-Pace (or a Model 3) one day. GREAT REVIEW… Read more »
Spoonman.

As a short man myself, I found that tip very relevant. And my wife is just about 5′ even. When we go furniture shopping we reject many couches and chairs for requiring knee-hip lengths that we just don’t have.

TeslaInvestors

Is there no seat adjustment to raise it higher? That is pretty basic stuff in a car. Or is that not sufficient? 5’5″ is not too short. 80-90% women, especially Asian women, are probably shorter than that. So is it a ‘guys only’ car ?

floydboy

So long E-Pace, we knew thee well.

David Green

Do you suppose it is coincidental that Magna is building I-Pace on the same assembly line as E-Pace?

ffbj

Nice review. Good to see another positive review of the iPace.

floydboy

The short shrift given to charging and its effect on everyday livability of this vehicle, leads me to wait for a less ‘starry-eyed’ review. For instance, how will one handle trips of any real distance.

menorman

By driving to the destination. What else are they supposed to do?

Riggald

For long trips, I suggest they use CCS rapid chargers, ideally the 350kW and 50kW chargers.
240 WLTP miles in 40 mins, at charger speeds of 100kW and up. It looks like it will be OTA’d to 240 WLTP miles in 34 minutes, relatively soon.
Remember, there are 150kW, 175kW and 350kW chargers for the Jag installed and working in the USA, right now. And there are twice as many locations with 50kW per car CCS chargers as there with 34-120kW per car Superchargers.
MotorTrend have an article on their London to Berlin trip in an i-Pace.

CDAVIS

Great Jaguar I-Pace review

It’s encouraging to see Jaguar put that much effort introducing I-Pace to journalists in such a wide range of test driving conditions.

This car should be a home run for Jaguar if they decide to build in quantity.

Hopefully I-Pace will soon have access to a convenient & reliable fast charge network for those occasional long distance trips.

jelloslug

You should be thanking Magna International, not Jaguar.

floydboy

While technically true jelloslug, I think they would not be doing it on their own.

Nix

Yes, a joint operation deserves joint thanks to both Magna and Jaguar. I’ve had a couple of Magna-built vehicles, and they do great work.

Dave

I think Jaguar was smart to sub this build and production engineering to Magna, it allows JLR to start work on their next model BEV much sooner.

wavelet

“This car should be a home run for Jaguar if they decide to build in quantity.”
Jag is not a volume manufacturer. Their entire car output last year over all models was 94K units globally.
Certainly not at a $70K+ base price (ASP probably more like $90-100K).
I doubt they’ll be making >10-15K i-Paces per year in the initial few years.
Yes, I know about the large Waymo deal — nowhere does it say how many years it will be spread over.

David Green

I think Jag has the ability currently for 20 to 30K per year, and after that the market will determine how many they want. Jag is a well managed and careful company, they are not going to build a ton of cars they cannot sell just for the fun of it… I think we will never see more then 50K I-Paces per year, which is current Tesla X or X levels of production.

menorman

I’m pretty sure Waymo already order 20k of them, so they have some work ahead of them even before counting other sales.

David Green

Thats true, but I do not know Waymo’s take down schedule, and Jaguar is developing 2 other BEV’s, I-Pace is just the first, others coming in the next couple years. Magna has been adding onto the Graz factory steadily over the last couple years, so anything is possible I suppose.

Andrew c

Magna is a mature and technically adept organization. They will not scale haphazardly and create a multitude of fiascos like Tesla has done with the Model 3 launch. When mature companies like magna make a commitment it’s a real commitment not wishful guesses.
Magna knocked out several hundred high quality pre-production units that have been used by Jaguar to execute their flawless marketing launch of the I-Pace. You can be sure all of those pre-pro units that have been used by journalists are going straight back to jaguar and magna. None of them will be sold to an end users, eventually they will be scraped after they are finished examining them. Compare tha with Tesla who sold what were essentially pre-production units with unacceptable build quality to end users.

David Green

Andrew, the pre production units that Jaguar is using in Portugal are getting detailed and shipped to dealerships all over the world for display and test drive duty once they finish their marketing campaign. Jaguar mentioned this in their briefings.

Andrew c

Wow. Interesting approach. This is an outstanding rollout execution. They are squeezing the full utility out of these units. They must be essentially production cars. That make a lot of sense given the low volume initial production availability serving a global market. . If the stores will only be allocated 8 to 10 cars a month there would never be a test drive unit available. They are essentially lending each store one unit that cannot be retailed to ensure there will be a sample on hand all the time to demonstrate the I Pace.
I have been around the OEM world for 33 years. I think the team at Jag has done a fantastic job. I once ordered 20+ “long lead” pre pro units all of them were taken back and eventually crushed.

David Green

You are exactly right… Most OEM’s long term test the Factory Validation Builds, and then crush them… In the case of I-Pace the cars in Portugal are 100% production representative other then software which they will update before deliveries start on the production models.. Jaguar intends for I-Pace to relaunch the brand, and they spared no expense in design and development. Talking to my friends in the industry, they told me this is by far the best engineered EV on the market, and Jaguar is “betting the farm on it”.

Andrew c

Thanks, that makes total sense now. Jaguar’s management made the right move. They are small enough to pivot after seeing the ev trend as inevitable. Tata as done a great job as the steward of Jaguar and LR.
This is easily the most important vehicle of the year. Magna is well positioned now as well.

Riggald

Last year, Jaguar made and sold 178k cars, globally.
Together with sister brand Land Rover, JLR made and sold over 600k cars.
Scheduled production in 25k/year afaict, but they could cannibalise E-Pace production in favour of i-Pace, as they share a flexible prodution line.

Another Euro point of view

Thank you for the article, very much enjoyed reading it. It is obvious by now that Jaguar i-pace is an amazingly good car, my only concern is that they may not produce more than say 20k-30k per year so that only a few will be able to enjoy it. Anyway excellent publicity for EVs in general. I am now very curious about the coming Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQ just to know if traditional car makers make outstanding luxury EVs by accident or because they happen to make cars for a living those last 100 years.

wavelet

More like 10K per year, 15K tops. Jaguar is not a volume brand. Their entire global yearly output over all models was 94K units last year. They also make only expensive luxury cars, no low-end or midrange cars, so this isn’t a car that will significantly affect EV volumes.

David Green

I think the magic number is 20-30 per year, Jaguar has committed to 15K delivered in 2018, which production started very slowly in April.

For reference my dealer got 12-16 allocations for 2018, but Jaguar told them 75-100 for 2019, I think this gives an idea of ramp rate. With the interest Jaguar is getting for the I-Pace, I am certain they are talking to LG Chem and Magna about max production capabilities.

Riggald

25k/year is the current anticipated rate, but its made on a flexible production line shared with the E-Pace, so E-Pace production could be cannibalised a bit in favour of the i-Pace.
If they need to up the production significantly more, they’ll need to re-think their production planning.

Rr

Given the reviews so far I am genuinely a bit excited as to what would be possible with a bev land rover. I know its the same offroad assistance systems but many of the ”normal” journalists have driven both and seem to genuinely feel electric is better

David Green

or a BEV G Wagon from Mercedes, that could be an awesome over indulgence.

floydboy

Man, I wish they would buy into the Supercharger/Destination charger network. Talk about a ‘range extender’!

David Green

Tesla superchargers are not capable of charging I-Pace, Tesla superchargers top out at 410v, I-Pace has a 450v battery. Nobody is going to join Tesla, as CCS is the standard format going forward, and higher voltage batteries are the new norm.

Riggald

Why not just use the 150kW and 350kW CCS chargers (already live and usable in the USA and Europe), or go to one of the 1,100 US locations with 50kW CCS?

Nix

“The Jaguar I-Pace is a true gem when it comes to EVs, but, more importantly, it’s a fantastic car by any standard.”

That is what it takes now to be competitive in the top end of the EV market. ICE car makers now how to come out with truly fantastic cars, even better than their ICE cars they build in the same market segment. This is great news for EV’s. The more companies who do this, the better. And every car maker in this market segment will eventually have to offer equally fantastic EV’s or they will continue to lose market share in this segment.

This same thing will happen down through more and more ICE car market segments, with the same impact. In order to be competitive with other EV’s in the segments, each car maker’s EV’s will have to be fantastic by any standard, better than their ICE cars.

Could not agree more, Nix! Particularly from the top end, why would anyone accept an EV that is less than a Tesla or Jaguar I-Pace?

The rest will need to step up their game, and that competition is good for all EVs.

fotomoto

A little faster, a bit more cushy, a big more paint shine, a bit more range, etc. etc. etc.

The real challenge is to make great vehicles like these at affordable prices.

David Green

I think the pressure is now on Audi, and Mercedes to follow with compelling vehicles, and because they kept a bit more traditional architectures, may have trouble matching Jaguar in capabilities.

Dave_the_braver

Yes, the comparisons should be with comparable ICE cars. The more well-designed and well-executed BEVs, the better.

Great write up, Steven! I have been really impressed by the off road capabilities and love the sound when accelerating. I don’t even care that it’s artificial, it is a useful sensory feedback.

I know the trip was hectic and stressful… but it sounds like the car itself made up for that.

I have the same concern as you that Jaguar simply won’t be able to make enough – at least initially. (But that is a better problem to have than the alternative.)

I could in no way ever afford one, but I’m still looking forward to the release! The more desireable EVs out there the better!

Michael Will

Let me help you out on the faults:

Instead of signing up with tesla supercharger network which has 10,000 charging spots worldwide capable of the 100kW charging that the i-pace comes with, they put on a four times as large CCS port that looks like my 2015 VW eGolf, including the plastic cover dangling from a plastic strip, reminiscent of blow up mattresses: https://twitter.com/mr_calico/status/1007737603305627648
So if you buy an i-pace today, its relegated to local use or neighbor town but not to go on a longer trip, in particular not at autobahn speeds, because existing CCS charging network is 24 to 50kW charging with a few higher power chargers coming up at the same pace or slower as the tesla network is being expanded.

Another design ‘feature’ is the frunk. Check out the ipace frunk https://twitter.com/mr_calico/status/1007737801150828544 and compare to model 3 which is already smaller than model X and model S: https://twitter.com/mr_calico/status/1007737961301983232

Michael Will

I love the writeup by the way, and the detail it has about navigation and waypoints. Note that I am very happy the i-pace exists, but I don’t understand todays ‘better than a tesla’ campaign which it clearly neither is, nor has to be. Its on arsetechnica, its here, its everywhere. What is the point? I am looking forward to test driving the i-pace, I want to experience its pickup, excellent suspension etc. And as it never is one shoe-fits-all, there are reasons why somebody would want this car over others including teslas. But more than that I expect people to want this over legacy gas cars.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Check out the ipace frunk”

That aint no frunk!
Can’t even fit an 8inch subwoofer in there!!!!!!!!!

I can’t see spending that much on it but I still like the car though.
😛

GibsonRS

That’s because it was designed from the ground up not to have an engine in the front.
Why would you make the car longer just to put a bigger frunk in?
Soon all EV’s will be designed this way.

theflew

Agreed. Tesla’s look like they have a V6 or V8 under the hood. Cars like the Bolt and I-Pace show that space can be used for the passengers instead.

David Green

Completely agree. This is the proper way to design an EV to get the full packaging efficiency out of the total space.

eject

That is the i-Pace radius with CCS chargers 50kW and larger. You can basically go anywhere even now. Even at 50kW you are not really charging any slower than at a shared supercharger stall. The number of 150kW and larger CCS outlets rises every day.
http://up.picr.de/32982515ak.jpg

Michael Will

That is utter nonsense. I have driven a VW eGolf from 2015 to 2018 and I know the difference. I have taken it past its 80 mile range waiting in front of a two-port CCS charger for a leaf to leave before being able to continue on my trip, and I got about 46kW charge rate. This is nowhere near the usability of the 118kW my Model 3 gets that I replaced that 2015 eGolf with in january this year. The tesla superchargers have 8 to 40 ports each, and I have done the SF-LA and SF-SanDiego trip a few times a year without having to wait to access a supercharger. I just plug in, go for lunch, come back, and its full. No waiting required, just plug in, and walk away.

eject

How is a CHAdeMo Leaf blocking a CCS station. I can’t drive 50km into any direction without passing a CCS station. It is really impossible. This might be different where you are but I’d actually welcome that. Leaves more of these cars for where I live.

Michael Will
Wholefoods in the bay area partners with NRG and they typically deploy two Bosch charging stations that each have two outlets with a shared power source, one ChHAdeMo and one CCS where only one of the two can charge at a time. There also are a few DC chargers from chargepoint, but those usually are 25kW instead of 50kW to begin with. I have maybe charged 10 times between 2015 and 2018 on one of those DC fast chargers when taking the eGolf past its range. It was a fun adventure at its time but I can’t recommend it if you really just want to travel without having to worry about it. Tesla superchargers on the other hand are well maintained, have between 8 and 40 outlets, you get close to the 120kW unless you are sharing power when the chargers are crowded and then its more like 75kW for the first person that showed up and 35kW for the other one until you slow down anyways by filling up the battery to a higher state of charge and it balances out. Since Model 3 is so efficient in terms of Wh/m you add miles at a rate of 470miles… Read more »
Riggald

The Model 3 only sustains 116kW and above for about 11 minutes.
Graph: https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/supercharger-speed-116kw.107619/?utm_source=threadloom&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ed82&utm_content=iss12#post-2540001)

The i-Pace supposedly sticks at 100kW almost all the way to 80%, at a sustained 360 WLTP miles per hour (270 realistic “when driven like a Jaaaag” miles per hour)

I expect that when they are OTA’d to accept 120kW, they will run at 120kW to around 60%, or 430 WLTP miles per hour for ~25 minutes.

eject

But as Steven has said this depends on where you live. Wherei live superchargers do exist but it limits the routes you can take. CCS stations are everywhere as seen on that screenshot. None of them is slower than 50kW and the faster ones are getting more each day.

menorman

The I-Pace starts with at least 200 miles of travel before needing a first charge, which is a pretty big radius that covers a lot of even more rare trips for most people. Then they can probably stop at any of the growing number of charging locations and top off while having lunch before continuing on their way. Maybe it’s not quite as fast as a Tesla Supercharger. So what? The Supercharger network is still glacially slow in comparison to using diesel or gas, so it really is amusing to see Tesla fans deploying the same FUD against other EVs that is deployed against EVs in general.

David Green

Agree completely with you, I can only imagine needing outside charging 3 to 5 times a year, but even if it was 10 times a year, charging is out there and available now, just not optimally as fast as we would like. Public charging cannot compete with Tesla supercharging today, but I expect that will change in the near future.

Pushmi-Pullyu
“…it really is amusing to see Tesla fans deploying the same FUD against other EVs that is deployed against EVs in general.” I’d say “saddening”, rather than amusing, not to mention more than a little hypocritical; and I say that as a Tesla fan. Yes, the Tesla Supercharger network does give Tesla owners an advantage on long road trips. But it’s only a matter of degree, not kind. Most drivers would not put up with stopping for 30+ minutes every 150 miles. Fortunately we can see that EV charging times are already coming down with every new generation, and battery pack sizes are going up. Charging times are going to continue getting shorter and shorter, and not just for Tesla cars. It may not happen for 10 or 15 years, but the time will come when EV charging time simply isn’t an important consideration for most car buyers. And despite what EV bashers keep insisting, BEVs don’t need to charge in 2 minutes to be seen as better than gasmobiles. 5 minutes would be fine. Even 8 or possibly 10 minutes may not be something the average car buyer will consider important, since you only have to wait for a… Read more »
Stimpacker

Yup, agreed.
At > $80K, it’ll be my family’s primary vehicle. It can’t be just a commuter car.

I do agree with the writer. It’s a great car, although 2 days should be enough to write a bit about the charging experience. Easy to find? Easy to start charging? Charged at full 50/100kW? Any taper? Also would like to hear about efficiency at freeways, surface streets, offroad.

Dave

This should be helpful on the efficiency, there are also links to other vehicles for comparison… This Data comes from the WLTP testing

https://ev-database.uk/car/1097/Jaguar-I-Pace

Will

It’s got over 200 miles range. My neighbouring town is 7 miles away. You really should think before you type. Only a small percentage of the EV population live in the middle of nowhere where the nearest town is 100 miles away. Probably less than point one percent.

David Green

Agree, of my friends with Tesla, most have never been a to a supercharger station. I have only seen 1 friend go to the supercharger, and that was because the car missed the reed range, his trip was well within what should have been range.

Riggald

Supercharger has around 10,000 chargepoints worldwide, running at 34-120kW per car, peak.
CCS has around 8,000 chargepoints worldwide, running at 50-350kW per car, peak speed.
CCS, today, in the USA, has 150kW and 350kW per car charging live in the USA.
CCS today, in the USA, has about twice as many locations as Supercharger.
Remember, if Superchargers are more than 50% occupied, charging speeds drop to 34kW to 108kW per car (first car onto a shared Supercharger gets the higher speed).

Mark.ca

Gorgeous car! The first time i saw it in person about 2 years ago i was hopping the street version would look like the concept. To my surprise they did not change much. Really the only negative is the price.

David Green

True, its expensive… but most BEV with 90 KWh batteries, air suspension, and AWD are expensive.

James

Fantastic. I’m very excited to see another well-executed electric car joining the small, but growing, number of EV’s available. We bought an X, but would’ve taken a serious look at the Jag had it already been available. The missing link, at least in the US, is a reliable and easily accessible fast charging network that doesn’t have Tesla on the chargers.

Pushmi-Pullyu

It’s great to see an extensive driving review done “in house” here, by a member of IEVs staff! Here’s hoping this isn’t the last one we’ll see.

I haven’t seen a “love letter” review of a production EV this enthusiastic since the early days of the Tesla Model S.

With the superior off-roading capability described in this review, perhaps the I-Pace does deserve to be called a true “crossover”, rather than just a 4-door hatchback or a “liftback sedan” which has elevated ground clearance only for show. Move over, Tesla!

As an advocate for the EV revolution, I say it’s time to welcome the I-Pace into the winners’ circle, as a true contender for the very best in premium/luxury passenger car EVs!

Go Jaguar!

Sustainable2020

Overall this article seems to be telling us that at least one automaker has learned from Tesla and is upping the bev game, in some respects, as a result. I applaud Jaguar for this excellent entry into the bev world.
However, many will be disappointed due to the low volumes Jaguar will build for the next few years and the limited areas it will sell them. No matter, it sounds like jag needs a year or two to fix the software n interface issues anyways.
I look forward to seeing n test driving one later this year as I reside in a carb state.

Viriato

I think is most about the different rithm of USA and Europe. Here in Europe, there not had a really necesity of any electric car. The pollution regulations were accomplished by the makers easilly, and we lived with our petrol and diesel cars for years.
But in USA the advanced regulations about emissions specially in California, made a niche in the market for the EVs and Musk was very smart to view the opportunity…. and the future.
In Europe the regulations today are very restrictives, diesel cars are not so interesting, and the UE Comission, has important fees for the makers that don’t respect the emission limits. Due of this and the global evolution to the EVs, are accelerating the interest for the local makers to make electric cars. I think in 2-3 years all the makers even generalistics, will have at least 3-4 electric vehicles on sale.

arne-nl

“I think is most about the different rithm of USA and Europe. Here in Europe, there not had a really necesity of any electric car. The pollution regulations were accomplished by the makers easilly, and we lived with our petrol and diesel cars for years.”

That doesn’t jibe with the fact that more EV’s are sold in Europe. I think you confused California and the US.

Dan

Steve, how’s the ride quality? Do you feel every bump on the road surface? Is it like old Jaguar XJS insulated or like German breeds such as BMW or Porsche?

GreenMD

My takeaway here is that jaguar has spent more on marketing the i pace than gm has for any of it’s electric vehicles for a the last 6 years combined. I think it is pretty clear they are selling these at a profit and therefore have an incentive to sell as many as they can. I don’t see this being a CARB compliance car. I’m personally excited about the car and look forward to testing one out in person.

dinhh68

it is pretty clear they are selling these at a profit? Think again… or ask the analysts covering this segment

David Green

This is not a compliance car, JLR already has 2 more BEV’s in development… I-Pace is just round 1…

theflew

Yet GM has sold almost 200k vehicles.

dinhh68

Did Jag tell you how much $ they will lose per ipace? There’s a reason why 20k max

Pushmi-Pullyu

It’s not meaningful to talk about how much an auto maker is making or losing on a model this early in production. Auto makers aim to make an overall profit on a model over multiple years, not a profit during the earliest months of production.

Any so-called “analyst” who says “Jaguar is losing $XX on every car” is an idiot who is using kindergarten-level financial analysis, one who apparently thinks his readers can’t understand such basic concepts as the difference between sunk costs and unit costs.

David Green

Jaguar split the investment (sunk) cost of I-Pace with Magna, which was very excited to take on an EV project. This will get Jaguar to long term net profitability much sooner. For Magna, it was all about getting more EV experience, and now they have signed a much larger deal with a Chinese producer for their next step. Waymo also factors into the I-Partnership, although I am not exactly sure the terms of their agreement.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Good to see auto makers forming partnerships to defray the cost of developing their first PEVs (Plug-in EVs)! 🙂

But even if Jaguar had paid for the entire R&D cost themselves, it still would not be appropriate to consider the cost of R&D for the I-Pace in isolation. Some of the tech developed for the I-Pace will be used in future models from Jaguar, so a proper accounting should take that into consideration. That may not be how the bean-counters actually count the beans. But if we were to look at the situation objectively, then we would have to acknowledge that the financial cost for entering the realm of PEV manufacturing does create something of a barrier. It’s a barrier that every auto maker is going to have to pay to get past, sooner or later, if they want to still be in business when the EV revolution is finished.

Charging all that development cost to the first PEV model any auto maker produces gives a rather skewed, lopsided picture of the profitability of that one model.

David Green

Yes, I agree… Jaguar in house developed the drive units, and they are quite a clever design, these will certainly see use on other JLR products.

dinhh68

Do your homework… this iPace only charging option is 120V connection. That will take 4+ days to fully charge.

https://www.jaguarusa.com/all-models/i-pace/electric-vehicles/index.html

“HOME CHARGING

For optimum charging at home, you can purchase and install a Jaguar approved home charger. The I‑PACE is equipped with a 7 kW single-phase AC on-board charger, which can fully recharge the vehicle overnight when using a Jaguar approved home charger. Alternatively the Jaguar I-PACE can be plugged in directly to a domestic socket. While charging directly via a domestic socket is slower than with a home charger, it should be sufficient to cover the average daily commute of 30 miles if the vehicle is charged overnight.”

Not sure where you heard 120v only from but it is not correct.

7 kW L2
100kW CCS

But you can charge from a standard 120v outlet if you really want to.

dinhh68

you might want to call Jag sales person directly.

Mark.ca

Because a sales person knows about evs? Lol…ok!

Hah! No thanks. If I go around correcting every salesperson that doesn’t have a clue about EVs, I will not have time for much else! 😉

Riggald

I’ve talked to some of the sales guys face to face – the information flow was mainly from me to the sales guy.
I’ve also talked to some of the i-Pace technicians.
Btw, i-Pace sales seem initially skewed to the UK and EU – where 230 V is the norm for domestic power.

Bill Howland

dinhh68: “Only option is 120 volts”.

I don’t know where you hail from, that is ridiculous. Obviously the I-Pace wants to be sold in the UK, and also continental Europe – they don’t have easily available 120 volts there. The UK has a reduced voltage ‘cord pack’ for power tools used in wet locations, but in the general case, its not really available.

Obviously a car designed mostly for Europe will run on 220-250 volts.

David Green

Great, objective review, Steven, I am jealous that you got to drive it before me, though. What did you think about the grip on the track?

Someone out there

But it doesn’t have the feature that drives full speed into concrete barriers or parked trucks, how could it possibly compete with Tesla?

Benz

Great review

Great EV model

The more new EV models enter the market the better it will be for all of us.

Jaguar could easily sell at least 50,000 copies of the Jaguar I-Pace per year (just if they would order Magna to produce them).

But I personally would rather prefer to spend that kind of money on a Tesla.

Though I can understand that other people would prefer to buy a Jaguar I-Pace.

The more EV’s on the road the better it will be for all of us.

We need EV models that will be produced in high quantities (100,000+/year).

Benz

Three persons gave me a thumbs down for my comment.

That surprised me. I did not expect that.

Did I say anything wrong or anything negative?

Pushmi-Pullyu

“Did I say anything wrong or anything negative?”

I wouldn’t worry about it. Just about any comment can get -2, apparently for nothing at all, and I myself have sometimes received as much as -4 — even once -7, if I recall correctly — for comments which were entirely factual and neutral in tone.

Keep in mind that many, many more people read comments than post them here. Maybe some of them are just in a bad mood that day, or don’t like reading read facts they find to be “inconvenient” to what they want to believe.
🙂

kimmi

This is the second i-Pace review i’ve read from the Portugal official presentation, the first was on a website started with the letter “e”, and boy, they take their Tesla glasses everywhere. There wasn’t one line of text without references/comparisons to Tesla, saying as conclusion that the i-Pace was no “Tesla Killer”. Really? That was everything they could take from the Jaguar presentation? What about testing the car for what it is and comparing with the remaining competition, mostly ICE models? There aren’t only Tesla cars in the Universe, you know…Jesus.

It’s like when that same website posted an article on the Renault Zoe and on the comments section, someone said that the Tesla Model 3 was a better car and would drain sales from the Zoe…WTF?!?!

Pardon my rant, but i had to take this out of my chest. Oh, and great work, Steven, i really enjoyed your article.

Nogger

They should rename themselves to Teslalectrik.

David Green

I read that review you speak of and yes, they had their Tesla glasses on, but they were also quite complementary of the I-Pace car itself. I am for sure a Tesla Sceptic, and I-Pace lover (wear I-Pace glasses every day), but I got a few nuggets of useful data from even that review. For instance on the 0.29 Cd, I did not realize that Jaguar prioritized cooling more so then Tesla (which puts more air through heat exchangers creating drag), and also did not realize that the Tesla Model X generates more lift at higher speeds, which any automaker always tries to design as close to neutral as they can to get better freeway evasive handling characteristics.

Riggald

The only non-factual comments on the “e”-site seemed to be about the size of the car. What lots of the Teslarati seem to neglect to notice is that the wheelbase of the i-Pace is a lot longer than the Model 3, and longer than the Model X and the Model S.
Lots of the length of the Teslas is in the bonnet/hood length, meaning you get big frunks and big boots/trunks. The i-Pace has a minimal length bonnet/hood – meaning a smaller more wieldy car, with no loss of cabin space – simply a smaller frunk, and a boot/trunk which is ‘only’ twice as large as a VW Golf’s

Senna

Well…they delivered.

CIO

We have a Jaguar store in the neighborhood and many of my neighbors have bought/leased them over the years. The only one someone held on to is the oldest, built back when Ford owned the company. The rest? Too many trips on flatbeds to keep or to replace with another Jag. If you’re going to take the plunge – it’s very tempting – LEASE.

Patrick McSwain

I chose the i-Pace FE (First Edition). These are the Photon Red cars. Only the 2019 FE cars will come in that color. IIRC, the final price after all taxes and rebates in Southern California, is $84,400,
The FE is about maxed out on options, most options Tesla does not offer, like lots of passenger storage, hand grabs, head room in back seats, 20 way AC and heated leather seats, 3D top view, blindspot mirror icons, HUD, 825w sound w/Carplay and AA, adjustable shock dampening, off-road systems, crawl mode cruise control, unstuck-mode for ice, AdSR to handle mixtures of surfaces, brakes and cooling that are suitable for the power produced, one pedal driving, and the list goes on.

Total minimum price price for an available-to-order Tesla (Model S 75D) in red, with semi-deluxe light colored interior, and ACC and autosteer is $87,290 after all taxes and incentives in California. More if you’d like nice wheels. If you want a black car with black cheap interior the prices are about a wash with the i-Pace having a 84.7kWh of usable battery, and more than just plain AWD

Patrick McSwain

I’m aware I did not compare it to a Model 3. But after 2 years, 2 months, 16 days after placing my deposit (a reservation is for a specific item at a specific time, Deposit could not be used due to consumer laws) I can’t tell you very much about my Model 3. Like when or if they will make me one. This is true for most people. You cannot “Tesla Order” a Model 3 today. You can order a Jaguar i-Pace. So they are not comparable as of mid 2018. More people have probably sat in an i-Pace, than a Model 3, and the i-Pace probably has more miles logged (1.5 million as of Dec 2017).

When the Model 3 is actually released to consumers, then comparisons can be made.

Bobish

“, as well as waypoints”
Ohhh the envy! (Tesla still do not know the word waypoint)

cab

Great review, as Model S owner (who doesn’t “drink the koolaid”), I have to wonder if excluding the “interior tech” and “supercharging” if this isn’t a better offering from Jaguar across the board than what Tesla is selling in the Model S. The wild card is likely “first year…or longer… issues”. As a comparison, I’ve always had a soft spot for the quirky i3, but even years later, I think that car continues to have issues and would be loathe to pick up a used one (which I’ve considered).

Thanatophoric

A “Jaguar” but manufactured by Magna Steyr.

Pushmi-Pullyu

As I understand it, Magna Steyr manufactures cars for a lot of companies, and has been doing so for some years. Is that perceived as bad? Or for that matter, perceived as good?

Charbar

No mention at all about lack of charging network which is it’s biggest fault by far.

Riggald

There are 8,000 CCS rapid chargers around the world, compared to the 10,000 Superchargers.
In the USA, there are about 1,100 CCS locations, compared to ~650 Supercharger locations.
In the USA, 150kW and 350kW per car CCS chargers are live and usable now.
Superchargers will offer 118kW for the first 10 minutes, then taper down rapidly.
Superchargers only offer 34 to 102kW when you share two to a Supercharger.
The i-Pace will run at peak rate to almost 80%, and you always get the peak rate on a CCS – you don;t share the charger.
That’s hardly a lack of charging network.

Dave100e
I’ve been following InsideEVs now for a year or so, and never felt the need to comment on anything, but having a read through the comments on here makes me feel like I need to address a couple of statements people have made. It might be a little long, so feel free to ignore… First off I want to thank Steven for his unbiased review. I’ve driven a few i-paces and have to agree with everything he’s said, good or bad. To me the i-pace has all of the benefits of an EV, tied up with all the benefits of a traditional premium/luxury saloon, the biggest one being perceived build quality and a feeling of solidarity. My first point is the people questioning Steven’s treatment by Jaguar. To me it shows a huge naivety within the EV community that this is even being questioned. One thing that I keep finding within the EV ‘scene’ is that a lot of people are suddenly interested in cars who otherwise wouldn’t be. I put this down to tech. It’s people who like to own the latest i-phone, people who love gimmicks and flashing lights, but don’t necessarily understand the goings on underneath and… Read more »
South Waves
Exactly, you nailed it. I used to comment but as you, I perceived that if you say something good about any other BEV but Tesla you will get the “Tesla Enemy” treatment (you became a Tesla Shares short seller and stuff like that). I love BEVs and I’m a real Tesla fan (my first test-drive of a MS somewhere in NJ might well be the main reason). Neverthless I have only owned hatchbacks or compact SUVs because that is the car shape that best fits my needs. So neither MS (large sedan) nor MX (goofy looks and rear doors) were ever an option for me. M3 ended up not being a hatch/fast back and Leaf/Bolt are the only viable options for people with my same needs/preferences (at least till MY is available) But then Jaguar comes out with their best product since the E-Tye, one that most reviewer’s consider the only “Real” Sport Utility Vehicle on the market (BEV or ICE), combining the best of Jaguar and Land Rover, along with fantastic looks , impresive build quality, nice interior and Off-Road capabilities, and some of us people happen to like it. Now could someone please explain me why liking a… Read more »
dathomir

Excellent post! If I could up vote you x10, I would!!

Gabriel

It is hard to sell an electric vehicle those days for more than $70k and not get compared with a Tesla Model S specially in terms of range. Let’s see if the I-Pace will indeed prove to be superior (range-wise) to the Model S at a comparable price point.

Bill Howland
I don’t know why there should be such hysteria over lack of fast charging – seeing as the car has a CCS charging jack as well as the standard level 2 jack (or, since it is 32 amps single-phase world wide, I assume it will have a j1772 jack for the north american market). I liked Steven’s review. If people can’t tolerate lack of supercharger operability then go buy a tesla. Public charging in my area is almost solely 6 kw with a few a bit less (2.8, 3.6, 4.6 or 5 kw) and a few 7 kw – but that is it. That is why I feel no inconvenience by *NOT* ordering the fast charging option for my Bolt ev. If you only need a few more miles to get home, the Level 2 stations do their job by getting you home. Most people who purchase the very, very nice I-Pace will have another car (maybe a Tesla) that they can take on long trips far from home. But with a 90 kwh battery – this thing should be able to do moderate travel all on its own, or with just a little LEVEL 2 help at the very… Read more »
Ray

When it has a charging network nation wide is will sell better, perhaps they should pay Tesla for the use of it’s charging network?

David Green

Tesla superchargers are not capable of charging I-Pace, Tesla superchargers have a 410v max, and I-Pace has a 450v battery, there lies the problem.

Al D

Although out of the price range of most people, I’m glad to see it is possible for even Tata to come up with a worthy EV. I’ll be glad when the Japanese and Germans come out with all types of EV’s priced under $40,000. We need more variety and better quality than what’s coming from Tesla. There’s no guarantee Tesla will still be in business 5 years from now. I wouldn’t take that chance.

BMW claims it will be the first to introduce an EV with a solid state battery. Toyota claims it will have a long-range EV with a solid state battery in 2022. Whatever the case, I probably won’t buy an EV without a solid state battery due to current recharging times.

Riggald

I’ll be glad when Tesla comes out with an EV priced under $40k. Still the latest forecast is only another 6 to 9 months to wait.

Dan F.

Too bad about having to control basic functions through a menu on a touch screen. Simple tactile buttons/switches are so much easier and SAFER. The problems described in the article should be unacceptable in any vehicle at any price.