Check Out Jaguar I-PACE First Drive & Overview – Fully Charged

APR 16 2018 BY MARK KANE 30

The production version of the Jaguar I-PACE was one of the electric premiers of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and here is how Fully Charged sees it.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jonny Smith test drove the I-PACE and then discusses the cutaway, as well as touches up the design of the car with key people on the Jaguar team.

Then there was another quick test drive and, as it turns out, the Jaguar I-PACE has stuff that Tesla is missing.

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The fit and finish and interior in general is excellent, the driving experience is proper Jag. Jonny Smith said that this is the driver’s EV.

“Jonny Smith has a first drive of the electric Jaguar I-PACE.
Okay, it’s only around a car park but you’ve got to take what you can get! He also discusses the car with the two Ian’s.
Full test drive coming soon.

Jaguar paid for flights and accomodation to make this episode possible. They did not sponsor the episode in any other way.”

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Jaguar I-Pace specs:

  • 90 kWh battery for up to 480 km (298 miles) of range (WLTP)
  • 0-100km/h (62 mph) 4.8 seconds / 0-60 mph (sec) 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed mph 200  km/h (124 mph)
  • two permanent magnet electric motors; synchronous – 400 PS (294 kW) total system output
  • all-wheel drive
  • 0-80% DC fast charging in 40 minutes using 100 kW CCS Combo
  • 0-100% AC charging using 7 kW on-board charger in nearly 13 hours

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30 Comments on "Check Out Jaguar I-PACE First Drive & Overview – Fully Charged"

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How’s the charging experience? That’s what I thought.


I don’t know. Maybe you should ask the guy driving this Tesla –

Oh wait…


Lot of questions around that driver following the recommendations of hands on the wheel on the Tesla Level 2 system. History and logs showed they ignored the recommendations. No person paying attention would have had that accident.


-Air suspension option.
-Full pano glass roof.
-Wheelbase Longer than the FPace = greater stability, better ride.
-Nice design, but, they could have don better with the aerodynamics. Than again, it has to look like a Jag?
-Wow. confusing mess of controls. Than again, Jag owners expect that?
-Nice layout of the motors and the battery inside the wheelbase.
-Nice efficient electric motor design.
-Good solutions for heating and cooling.

As loon as it drives like an Electric with massive torque and ultra quiet ride, it should sell well. But, only 20,000 units a year. Not gonna be a Tesla killer, the market is much larger than that. They may actually bring more business to Tesla as it validates the design, and Tesla can build Model X’s in larger numbers.


Tesla, Tesla, Tesla. Everything is about Tesla.


Agree with the Tesla-heavy sentiments. Funny how douchy, er, I mean touchy, Tesla drivers can be. Especially when Musk himself wants other companies to succeed on a broad EV scale. Better competition is better for Tesla. Guess they’re worried that their precious Tesla won’t be so special anymore.


I would not expected them to build more. It’s an expensive car like the Model X. There is just so much of a market for those high priced cars.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I like the car but the price for a smaller car is too friggin high.


So more like a Bolt for you? The *Pace line is doing quite well for Jaguar. Great job for an Indian-owned car company based in the UK.


Uh…you realize that Waymo is buying and converting 20,000 I-PACEs over the next two years to convert them to driverless taxis?

That’s 50% of your 20,000 per year sales figure from a single buyer….


“Wow. confusing mess of controls.”

And that steering wheel display. You have to look right at it! 😉


stop being so sensitive! nobody is forcing you to buy an ipace!

Andrew c

Tesla has very poor quality, dependability, reliability (qdr). As a 33 year vet at OEMs I have seen up close how poor qdr like Tesla’s causes cascades of high cost problems across the entire system. You cannot inspect or repair your way to high QDR. It starts with design and engineering processes that produce a design that can be assembled at a profit. Faulty components built to Tesla specs like the pop out door handles on the model s are a giveaway., they are overly complicated and expensive to repair and serve little purpose other than to drive up the ost of ownership. There are YouTube videos just about the stupid door handes!


Jonny Smith does an excellent detail reviews.
But, Fully Charged doesn’t often give you ride, acceleration and handling impressions of their cars. That’s their only shortcoming.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“0-80% DC fast charging”

Anyone else think that this method is just dumb?
How many people plan to get to a DCFC at 0%?

Maybe a 15-85% would be closer to real life.

Lou Grinzo

Strongly agree.

I suspect this is part of the maturation of the EV world, meaning car makers, journalists, and consumers, and eventually they we’ll settle on an unofficial standard for a “major” recharge. The 15-85% you suggest would be a good standard, I think. Any measurement that starts at 0% is ridiculous, as EV owners will almost never roll up to a charger on their last electron. In over 5 years of EV ownership, I think the lowest my battery has been when I plugged in was around 15%.


I hit 1% on a 2013 Leaf, while doing 60 mph on a highway, with large semi-trucks barreling down behind me, and no shoulder. That was fun.


It should be 5-100%. Otherwise the range is a lie.


As soon as people understand how electric cars and batteries work it will be more like 5%-80%. That is interesting if you drive far distances and want to charge quick.
If you go over 80% it will take much longer to 100% than it did from 60% to 80%.
In my opinion the option to charge to 100% will be mainly used over night, when time isn’t the limiting factor.


Why do people keep referencing 20,000 units?

Did Jaguar say something about their production or sales strategy that I missed?


I was interested to see they are using a coaxial motor/drive axle, like the Bolt.

I know others have announced higher voltage cars coming. But I think this is the first production EV to use more than the usual 96s configuration. The I-Pace is a 108s4p pack, good for 450+ volts. The main thing this does is allow faster charging without upping the C rate.


12.5% faster


The C rate isn’t tied to the voltage but to the capacity. However, the higher voltage allows for lower current at the same power.


He says in the video at 7:00 that the motors are concentric


” 7 kW on-board charger”

Oops! That’s going to be slow for some folks. Tesla chargers go to 11 (or more, with the twin chargers).

Bill Howland

Yeah some continental europeans my be disappointed by the 7 kw single-phase rating – and in certain countries may have to suffer along at half that rate of charging, when charging at home. That charger module seemed very large for just a 7 kw single phase 32 amp unit- but – guess it does work just fine. But the overnight charging rate is perfect for stateside buyers.


Battery Control Module (BCM) can get updates via Software Over The Air (SOTA) — novel 🙂


This is a great looking car with a high-quality interior. Finally another manufacturer other than Tesla has brought us a quality performance EV.

It will be interesting to see how the modelY stacks up against this car, which will be its natural competitor from Tesla.

The future of EV’s is looking bright.


Agree, it will be interesting to see if Tesla can get their fit and finish up to the level of the I-Pace.


The “froot” or front boot looked a bit finicky to close. Albeit, these are pre-production units.

The pre-Tata history of Jaguar is one of questionable reliabilty and fit/finish decisions. Like American car companies, Jag absolutely had to upgrade these issues to survive in the marketplace against Asian and Germanic products.

To me, prior to Tesla, there remained only two major American-owned car companies. Even more disappointing that British automakers had to be bought out by Germans and Indians to get their quality acts together. Those buyouts have stepped up the presentation of said cats substantially. Same for the Chinese takeover of Volvo.