Jaguar thinks the future is electric. Which is why the British marque just unveiled its sexy new I-Pace Concept in Los Angeles, California. Featuring lines penned by industry legend, Ian Callum, the I-Pace is a fully electric performance SUV that lays claim to some serious figures.
Armed with a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack powering two electric motors, one on each axle, Jaguar’s 700Nm/294kW Tesla rival will, according to the press release, be able to blast from 0-100km/h in “around” four seconds. At any altitude. Impressive. What is also impressive is the charging time. When plugged into a 50kW DC charging supply the I-Pace will go from empty to full in just over two hours. You can expect 80% capacity in 90 minutes. This is fast. Probably on a par with my iPhone. Except my iPhone won’t drive me halfway down to Durban.
Range is a massive point of contention with electric vehicles and Jaguar seems to have given the I-Pace some pretty decent legs in this department. The press release again “claiming” a maximum range of over 500-kilometers on the the NEDC cycle. So it looks great, goes well and, with its flat floor, seating for five and large 530-litre boot, offers up some serious practicality kudos for everday drudgery. But the I-Pace Concept is exactly that, a concept right?
Well no. This is probably the most exciting part of this story. You see Jaguar is actually going to build this car. The I-Pace will go into production and will be available right here in South Africa by the spring of 2018. If all goes according to plan you will be able to walk into a dealership and buy one. I can’t give you exact pricing but according to my sources at Jaguar SA you can expect the I-Pace to wear a price tag 10 to 15% above that of a similarly powered and equipped F-Pace.
So, looking at the current pricing sheet, that would put it around the R1 500 000 mark then. Not exactly cheap. Especially for an an EV. But then this is an EV that finally offers up some properly useful range plus styling that won’t make you look like some nerdy Comcon attendee with a ridiculous save-the-polar-bear complex. What a time to be alive. – Thomas Falkiner