Jaguar enters the competition for the best fully electric vehicles on the market with its 2019 I-Pace model. It is a British luxurious CUV so do not expect it to be cheap. The base price before government incentives is $69,500.
There will be 4 trim levels: the base S model, SE, HSE, and First Edition. The last one costs $17,500 for its exclusivity.
According to LG Chem, the car uses a 90-kWh lithium-ion battery with nickel manganese cobalt chemistry making 388 V and weighing 603 kg. The battery powers a pair of permanent magnet synchronous electric motors linked to the front and rear drive axles. The all-wheel-drive system puts out 512 lb.-ft of torque, evenly split fore and aft with the capability to variably distribute twist. American Axle built the drive unit exclusively to Jaguar specifications.
Jaguar says the I-Pace will go 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
A 100-kW DC fast-charge takes the I-Pace from 0-80 percent in 40 minutes. A 230V wall box takes it to the same level in about 10 hours and needs 12.9 hours for a full charge. Plugging into the wall for trickle charge overnight will provide about 30 miles of range. Jaguar provides buyers with an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty for up to 70% of battery life.
The battery is placed between axles and in combination with the low-fitted motors allows a 50-50 weight distribution, which gives the I-Pace outstanding balance. However, it weighs 4000 lbs, so you shouldn’t expect a perfect cornering from you CUV.
Jaguar has implemented some exterior elements such as a chopped off rear end to improve the aerodynamics of its I-Pace. Additionally, the car is made as slippery as possible. These two solutions allowed improving its range to 240 miles.
Jaguar will release the I-Pace as a 2019 model. It is a strong statement for the rookie of the zero-emission game. The only thing left is to wait and see how many sales it will be able to generate.