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

JUL 12 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 17

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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17 Comments on "Jaguar Delivers First I-Pace Vehicles In U.S. To Waymo"

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David Green

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

Doggydogworld

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

Miggy

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

jim stack

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.

Will

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.

antrik

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.

Dan

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