Jaguar Land Rover is Leading the Charge with the New All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE and Range Rover PHEVs

By on 31/10/2018
The new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE (Image courtesy: Jaguar Land Rover Limited)

Governments worldwide have expressed clear intentions to reduce reliance on conventional powertrains. Norway has set the earliest deadline of 2025, followed closely by India. Some federal states in Germany have suggested a 2030 phase-out, while the UK and France are considering a 2040 deadline.

There’s no doubt that the momentum towards electrification is building, but can battery electric vehicles (BEVs) convince drivers to switch loyalties? Are myths about the complexities of operation and ownership overshadowing their practicality? Perhaps most importantly – can a BEV ever be as much fun to drive as petrol and diesel cars? Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, I-PACE, answers all of these questions and more.

Being the world’s first all-electric performance SUV, Jaguar I-PACE delivers zero tailpipe emissions, offers extensive range between charges and promises a driving experience that remains unmistakably Jaguar. Practicality, performance and outstanding Total Cost of Ownership – I-PACE ticks all these boxes.

With the average daily commute ranging between 50 and 60km, I-PACE’s extensive range is more than enough for an entire week’s travel. Jaguar’s radical improvements in charging technology allow for 80% charge to be achieved in 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging. The nature of the electric powertrain offers additional space, providing more freedom to maximise the comfort provided by I PACE’s interior. This allows for a sports car exterior and the spacious interior of an SUV. The absence of a transmission tunnel and its cab-forward design also leaves more space between the front and rear seats, giving passengers added leg and knee-room.

Of all the available stats, it’s those relating to Total Cost of Ownership that are among the most persuasive benefits of BEV technology. A highly efficient use of its battery helps give I-PACE strong range figures and class-leading economy. Its electric motors are designed to be up to 97 percent efficient whereas an equivalent traditional engine is typically only 30 to 40 percent efficient. On top of reduced running costs, I-PACE promises significantly lower servicing costs. This is thanks to longer service intervals, because fewer moving parts means lower wear. Jaguar also offers an 8-year battery warranty. This is significantly longer than standard vehicle warranties of 3 to 5 years.

Jaguar I-PACE: The world’s first battery electric performance SUV (Image courtesy: Jaguar Land Rover Limited)

Inevitably the next step towards electrification should be for governments and industries to invest in electrical charging infrastructure and sustainable energy. While government initiatives may vary and can define the experience of ownership in different parts of the world, there’s no doubt that the future belongs to electric vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover has already expanded its electrification technology to another of its iconic vehicles – Range Rover. Both Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are now available as Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), giving their drivers the ability to switch to a zero tailpipe-emissions mode for up to 51km without compromising the vehicle’s capability or power.

Range Rover Sport PHEV (Image courtesy: Jaguar Land Rover Limited)

With a landmark announcement to electrify all model lines by 2020 and the arrival of I-PACE, both Land Rover and Jaguar are leading the charge towards a greener, cleaner and electrifying future.

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