Jaguar I-Pace First Impressions From Bjørn Nyland

MAY 3 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 23

It’s time for Bjørn’s initial take on the all-new 2019 Jaguar I-Pace.

Of course, Nyland – being the Tesla fan he is – compares the I-Pace and its features to Tesla’s lineup. This way people that are considering buying an all-electric vehicle in that price range will have a better idea of the pros and cons.

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Bjørn says the I-Pace will be a great EV for winter driving. It uses a heat pump, not only for the cabin but also to heat the battery. It also features permanent magnet motors, which means greater efficiency.

However, as we previously shared, even though the I-Pace uses a 90 kWh battery pack, range is not as high as most expected. Nyland makes an assumption that this likely has to do with the car’s drag coefficient and its exorbitant weight.

As usual, Nyland is quite thorough as he takes us through the car and its features. Sadly, he didn’t get an opportunity to drive it, but we’re confident that time will come soon enough.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

I checked out the Jaguar I-Pace in a showroom. Unfortunately, I was not able to drive or to click on the displays. It was set in showroom mode which limited pretty much everything. At least you get my first impressions of the interior quality, seat space and overall looks.

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My understanding of heat pumps is that they work great until they don’t work. The colder it gets the worse they work.

I like how they are harvesting motor heat, that is a great idea that more should be doing.

I don’t think they are doing anything unique with capturing heat from the motor and power electronics. They need to be cooled anyways and the plumbing is already there. So where that heated liquid flows is just the opening/closing of a valve.

But in any scenario they work better than resistive heating.

True. But they are so good nowadays that you can get a positive COP even down to temperatures where most people in the world would not even consider going outside.
And every little thing helps. Especially when combined with heating the battery and using waste energy from the motor and the battery when such exist.

BEVs like the Bolt/Ampera-E and the Leaf (among others) are truly horrible in winter when they drop range like crazy compared to BEVs like the Ioniq.

The short range of the i-Pace has nothing to do with drag coefficient, but rather its weight.

If it truly weighs 1000 lbs more than a Model 3, that’s all you need to know.

Jaguar decided the i-Pace was going to be clearly a luxury Jaguar and chose to include real metal, real wood, real leather and most importantly three LCD screens + HUD. I also appreciate the decision to include a heat pump and many other features.

When Tesla offers an AWD Model 3 with air-suspension and all the goodies the i-Pace offers, the Tesla 3 (bantamweight) should step back on the scales for a weigh-in.

Round 1 – iPace

Model 3 will never have the goodies I-Pace offers like 4 zone climate control, HUD, 18 way seats that are comfortable, much larger tires/wheels, It is overall a much larger car. I posted scaled photos in the forum under Jaguar I-Pace showing the I-Pace next to Model X, it is 14 inches in length, mostly in the hood, and 3″ in height. the width of the greenhouse is almost the same, within one inch.

Both for sure. Bad drag and exorbitant weight. I’m overwhelmed with the sales scorecard mess and forgot to add that about weight. Thank you for catching it. I appreciate it and updated the article!

I would gladly take some extra drag, for a much more modern looking design, and more interior comfort.

+1

Short range? My 80 to 110 mile i3 has never failed me, so how is 240 miles short? And it’s only 17 miles less then my X 90D, I think the difference in range is also due to the type of cells Jaguar used but it’s still not bad.

It’s short compared to a Bolt EV which goes just as far on 33% smaller battery pack size. The I-Pace really should be able to go over 300 miles if it were designed correctly. Granted it doesn’t compete with the Model 3 and Bolt EV, it is disappointing.

I-Pace is 298 miles on the euro WLEP, not rated yet by EPA, my guess is the 240 is conservative, just like GM was with Bolt, rating it at 220, then EPA went 238 miles

This video really says nothing about the iPace. It’s more about other things so I don’t think you should promote it. I love Bjorn but really, not everything he posts is worth it.

It’s a first impressions video. You get a good look at the car and some valuable insight. We will update it soon as Bjorn will be getting one to drive.

Another Euro point of view

I liked this video. There was an article not long ago about TM3 beating its own quarter mile record by 0.3 seconds or something like that (I barely looked into it). I don’t think that article was more legit than this one.

I’m still expecting the range to move up when EPA tested and under real test drive reviews.

Nyland is so right, Tesla is NOT a luxury car

For sure… but Bjorn does not like the dual cockpit interior design.

The starting price on the 3 is $49, not 44. The 0-60 time is 5.1, not 4.6.

Bjorn posted some bogus data, he had not researched well on some things, and on other he grabbed the worst estimated number for the I-Pace

Bjorn says he’s upset with the lack of 400 volt charging ability, since it uses the same charger apparently as the ones eventually showing up in North America. Even though it is a ‘type 2’ Mennekes connector, It can only take single phase, and only 230 volts at that (at 32 amperes maximum). Its fine for the States. I can see why Europeans would be miffed a bit, but at least the Brits will legally be able to use 32 ampere single phase wallboxes.

For the rest of Europe, a full charge might take 26 instead of 13 hours.