Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-Pace, which made its global premiere in Geneva last week, onto the streets for the first time.
Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric SUV, which is still in concept stages, is expected to enter production in the last quarter of 2017 and will hit the roads in the second half of 2018.
“The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic. Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-PACE’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived,” said an excited Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design.
After the testing, Jaguar revealed that the SUV was capable of accelerating from standstill to 100km/h in around 4 seconds with a range of more than 500km (NEDC cycle) from the 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be charged quite quickly up to 80 per cent in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging.
Featuring compact, lightweight electric motors at the front and rear axles, the i-Pace’s powertrain is able to generate a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, with the all-weather benefits of all-wheel drive.
The I-Pace also promises to offer the agility, ride comfort and refinement of its sedans in the stable.