Jaguar adds electric power to vehicle lineup with I-Pace
The wraps of the Jaguar I-Pace had already came off a few days before the doors of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show’s Palexpo had opened for business. But the motor show was the first opportunity for most visitors to experience the automaker’s new electric vehicle in the metal.
Jaguar might be a little late in coming to the EV party, but everything about the I-Pace seems to suggest that it was worth the wait. Combining the latest lithium-ion battery technology with Jaguar’s aluminum architecture and five-seat practicality, it’s understandable that many in the Swiss city were flocking to the UK-headquartered company’s stand.
“Where other companies talk about the future, we build it,” announced Ian Hoban, the car’s Vehicle Line Director. “We have torn up the rule book to create the newest member of the Pace family, the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. With zero tailpipe emissions, no CO2, and no particulates, it moves us dramatically closer to our vision of a clean, safe and sustainable future. We set out with a clean-sheet approach to harness new battery-electric technology with an architecture engineered from the outset to optimize performance, aerodynamics, and interior space. For I-Pace customers, fuel stations are a thing of the past; after overnight charging they’ll wake up every morning with a ‘full tank!’”
This “full tank” is provided by the aforementioned lithium-ion battery—a 90-kW·h unit that uses 432 pouch cells to deliver a possible maximum range of 298 mi (480 km). Achieving that range—an issue for many skeptics of electric vehicles—has been a made a priority, and I-Pace customers will also be able to achieve an 80% charge (from 0%) in 85 min thanks to 50-kW charging capabilities. With rapid-charging technology, the I-Pace will be able to charge to the same level in less than half that time.
Working alongside the battery to form the overall powertrain on the I-Pace are two axle-mounted electric motors that provide a combined performance of 395 hp (294 kW) and 696 N·m (513 lb·ft). These motors feature driveshafts that pass through them to ensure the all-wheel-drive powertrain is as compact as possible. Regardless of the means of power delivery, Jaguar recognizes that its customers still desire performance, so the I-Pace has been engineered to provide a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 4.5 s.
The extra weight of the battery pack has been partly offset by an innovative architecture that uses advanced riveting and bonding techniques to ensure a light and stiff body structure. The resulting engineering means that the I-Pace has the highest torsional rigidity of any Jaguar ever built.
A forward-thinking powertrain is matched by advanced connected car technology inside. Driven by AI algorithms, the infotainment system can identify individual driver preferences and can tailor the car’s driving and interior settings to suit. It also links up with Amazon’s Alexa, giving 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.