Jaguar to launch first electric vehicle in 2018
Jaguar has long had a history of being at the forefront of transport technology and the brand prides itself on being a leader, not a follower – so it’s no surprise that Jaguar will be releasing a beautiful all-electric car in 2018.
The I-PACE will be a five-seater sports car that’s a marathon runner, not a sprinter. With a range of 500km on the NEDC cycle, the average driver will only need to charge once a week and when the car does need charging it will reach 80% capacity in 90 minutes and 100% in just under two hours.
This all-electric sports car can accelerate from 0-60MPH in around four seconds and it will have an all-wheel drive. For those who are looking for a more environmentally friendly drive, the I-Pace has a zero tailpipe emissions.
Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar said, “With the I-PACE Concept we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived.”
To get the most range out of the car, Callum and his team have designed the I-Pace to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible, while still keeping aesthetics in mind.
“It helped that the car was a whole new type of vehicle and there are no previous references,” said Callum “The profile helps the aero tremendously. If it was a very square, linear car – with vertical lines – the aero becomes naturally much more difficult. The back of the car relative to the front is very high and that is purely driven by the physics.”
The I-Pace comes as Jaguar Land Rover stated that they will only make electric or hybrid cars from 2020. This is eight years earlier than the UK government’s target of phasing out the need for petrol and diesel cars by 2032.
The interior is sophisticated and has all of the elegance and craftsmanship that Jaguar is famed for. Inspired by the F-Type sports car, the British car manufacturer has made the interior driver-focused and mixed practicality with style. The driving position is low and design is clean and uncluttered with a light colour palette. Digital technology is at the heart of this innovative car. The ‘flight deck’ features three screens – two touchscreens in the centre console and one behind the steering wheel.
While Jaguar wanted to push the boundaries with the I-Pace and have done so, the central core idea behind the vehicle was to create a true driver’s car. The designers are confident they’ve achieved this through the latest electric engine technology, which gives the I-Pace the same torque rating as the F-type SVR, and through its sleek aesthetics and digital technology.
The Jaguar I-Pace will be launched in 2018.
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