Jaguar has announced plans for their first ever all electric vehicle at this year’s LA Auto Show. With a planned release in the second half of 2018, the new I-PACE Concept EV is set to combine the Jaguar performance and styling, while delivering zero emissions and over 300 miles of range in a single charge.
The announcement shows a shift in direction for Jaguar as they look to gain traction on rival manufacturers who have already entered the premium electric vehicle market.
Electric vehicles are often scrutinised for their lack of performance, a stark contrast to what is expected from a Jaguar vehicle. Jaguar has done away with these misconceptions and the figures really do speak for themselves. Drivers will be able to access 700Nm of torque in an instant as the All Wheel Drive system combines with the I-PACE Concept’s two electric motors to launch the car to 100km/h in around 4 seconds.
A high tech Lithium Ion battery with a capacity of 90kWh powers the dual motors and is capable of travelling over 300 miles in a single charge, more than enough to tackle the ‘range anxiety’ often associated with electric vehicles. DC Rapid Charging points can provide the I-PACE Concept with 80% charge in just 90 minutes.
As for how the new model looks, the exterior styling is unmistakably Jaguar. The I-PACE Concept’s dramatic and distinctive features are coupled with new aerodynamic features in the form of air ducts, bonnet scoop and flush door handles. Not only do the aerodynamic features help distinguish the model from its Jaguar siblings, the features also help maximise the range the car can travel.
Step inside and you will find all the luxurious and sporty materials associated with Jaguar. The centre console follows a new ‘floating’ design which works in conjunction with the panoramic roof to create a light and airy interior. Having an electric powered car means there is no need for a combustion engine or transmission tunnel, this allows for more legroom and increased storage solutions.
Jaguar is expecting to fully reveal the I-PACE Concept in 2017 ahead of its launch in the second half of 2018.