Jaguar is first traditional luxury maker with a pure EV to take on Tesla
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2019 ACES Award Winner in Electrification | Vehicles
Jaguar might be a little late to the party, but it is the first traditional luxury maker to launch a pure EV to take on new luxury competitor Tesla with the I-Pace performance SUV. So impressive is the company’s first effort that it won a car of the year award against 58 competitors in Germany.
Unveiled in the lead up to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the SUV combines a novel lithium-ion battery with an aluminum-intensive (94%) architecture. The vehicle’s 90-kW·h battery pack uses LG Chem-supplied 432 pouch cells to deliver a maximum range of 298 mi (480 km) on the European WLTP cycle, with a U.S. EPA measurement of 234 mi. A 0 to 80% charge can happen in 85 min with 50-kW charging, 40 min with 100-kW DC rapid charging. An electric motor per axle provides all-wheel drive and a combined 294 kW and 696 N·m (513 lb·ft) for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 4.8 s. The extra weight of the battery pack is partly offset by an innovative architecture using Novelis Advanz aluminum with advanced riveting and bonding techniques to ensure a light structure and the highest torsional rigidity of any Jaguar ever built.
Advanced connected car technology inside includes AI algorithms for infotainment that can identify individual driver preferences and tailor the car’s driving and interior settings to suit. It links with Amazon’s Alexa to give owners the opportunity to ask if the car is locked, what level of charge it has left, or if there is enough range to get to a specific destination. Taking another page out of Tesla’s book, the I-Pace is the first Jaguar to provide over-the-air software updates. The I-PACE was designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and is built in Austria in partnership with Magna Steyr.
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