Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-PACE – onto the streets for the first time. Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept will be on the road in the second half of 2018. The I-PACE Concept is the smartest five-seater sports car – a performance car, a family car and an SUV all in one. It’s set to be the first real electric alternative to a traditional premium SUV, and it is of course as daringly designed and as innovative as the cars that originally put the marque on the map.
“The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic. With the I-PACE Concept, we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar-inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. It has surprised people and the enthusiasm for our first electric vehicle has been beyond all my expectations,” Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum, revealed. “What’s really great about this car is that we didn’t set ourselves any rules. Don’t try and make it look like an F-TYPE or give it an E-Type boat tail because that’s nice to have. Just accept the fact that this is a whole new vehicle and takes Jaguar’s rules to a whole new level.”
He added that, “driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside in the real world. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design – the future of motoring has arrived!”
The I-PACE will be a long distance sprinter that accelerates to 60 mph in around 4 seconds, with a range of more than 500km (NEDC cycle) from the 90kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging is easy and quick, with 80% charge achieved in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging.
The I-PACE will additionally deliver the agility, ride comfort and refinement that will set it apart from other electric vehicles: it will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers’ car.
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