Jaguar Delivers First I-Pace Vehicles In U.S. To Waymo


Waymo gets its first electric Jaguars way mo’ early than other buyers

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is not expected to reach the hands of anxiously waiting customers in the pre-order line until the final days of August. It appears, however, as though Waymo has jumped that queue. According to TechCrunch,  the mobility arm of Alphabet, A.K.A. Google, has taken delivery of the first three examples and they can now be seen driving about the streets of San Francisco.

As you can see in the photo above, although the all-electric crossovers are branded with Waymo Engineering markings, they have yet to be fitted with the gear that will make them autonomous. The sensor suite, which includes LIDAR, involves equipment mounted on the roof as well as on the front end, just below the grill, and both front fenders. According to a statement supplied to TechCrunch by Waymo, the company is now just “…testing the vehicle’s performance on roads to generate self-driving system design requirements and develop durability tests.”

While some of us would be quite content to have even a single Jaguar I-Pace, Waymo has 20,000 examples on order, which should be delivered over the next two years. Eventually, these should be all be part of an enormous ride-hailing fleet which will also include as m any as 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The I-Pace has a 90 kWh battery and should have a range of about 240 miles, while the Pacifica Hybrid can only offer around 33 miles of gasoline-free driving.

We are somewhat torn at the prospect of them being used as autonomous vehicles. While they will certainly ferry passengers sedately around in quiet comfort, we have to say our time behind the wheel leaves us hungry for the driving experience it can offer. Since, we imagine, they will all still be equipped with steering wheels, perhaps manual driving might be an option worth Waymo’s consideration.

Source: TechCrunch

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How about if you can call for it on the phone app, and when it arrives you have the option to drive it yourself?

See, that’s what I was thinking!

I thought delivery of the 20,000 started in about two years, not delivered over the next two years as this article says.

From the press release regarding the 20,000 vehicles, “Up to 20,000 I-PACE vehicles will be built in the first two years of production and be available for riders of Waymo’s driverless service,…”

Pretty sure they mean over the two years.

I am not sure how Jaguar is going to fill retail demand, and 20K to Waymo in the first 2 years… Magna Steyr is going to have to crank up to do that…

Exactly. Same applies to LG Chem and the battery supply. I think Jag are very serious about this car (and the transition to electric vehicles) but they wont have huge capacity for several years.

Magna’s Graz plant capacity is over 200,000/year. While it is pushed to the limit now because of BMW, MB & Jag orders, “Magna will build a second paint shop 75 kilometers away in Maribor/Hoče, Slovenia.” “operations expected to begin in 2019” and I bet you will not hear about any circus tent production drama there.

10,000/year from Waymo isn’t the number that would suddenly overwhelm Magna, and the rest of demand may be not so huge because of too many competing offers coming from many automakers.

Magna Steyr is also building out the factory for the upcoming BMW/Toyota sports car which will start production in Graz later this year. At the same time Magna Steyr is taking over 2 of BAIC’s factories in China to transition them to premium BEV’s development is already underway on those cars.

I recently picked up some Magna stock as I think they are very well positioned going forward.

I wonder whether there is a general trend for car manufacturing to shift to foundries, like it happened for example with mobile phones…

Thank you, good info.

Yeah, I can’t figure out if they mean up to 20,000 special self driving I-Paces will be produced after the testing and engineering is complete, or if they plan to produce 20,000 I-Paces total over the next two years.

The closer you read, the more vague it gets!

Great looking car, pleased to see they are starting to sell.

I’ve been told by our local (Chandler,AZ) Jaguar Land Rover dealer they will have the I-Pace in the showroom in August 2018! They already have two Charge Point DC Fast Chargers in and working but at medium power 20 kW not 40-50 kW. I tried one with my Chevy Spark EV and they are live and working.

I got call the jag dealer is then

We can do it, so lets do it.

Great looking cross-over, much more handsome than Tesla’s minivan.

To each their own, I guess… I for my part *vastly* prefer the Model X design (or any old minivan for that matter) over these SUV/CUV monstrosities.

Don’t like it! British always snobbish! What about us little guys?