Jaguar Unveils Plans for the Brand’s First-Ever Electric Luxury Vehicle
The I-PACE Concept SUV represents a defining moment in Jaguar history as the brand enters into the accelerating world of electric vehicles.
As the auto industry continues to shift toward more sustainable practices, most automotive brands have been experimenting with hybrid and/or fully electric vehicles. Brands such as Ford, Chevy, Kia, and BMW have all succeeded in creating fully electric vehicles (EV’s). In fact, EVObsession, a blog for EV enthusiasts, has named each of them in the top ten best electric cars. However, after hearing Jaguar’s plans for their new I-PACE concept car it’s fair to say that the competition will have to step their game up by 2018, when the I-PACE is set to be released.
Turning a New Leaf for Electric Vehicles
With the latest advances in EV’s, engineers at Jaguar have taken advantage of the packaging opportunities offered by electrification and have completely rethought the overall proportions of their average luxury vehicle. The I-PACE takes its advanced cab-forward design from Jaguar’s C-X75 supercar and combines it with the smooth silhouette of a coupe in a five-seat SUV. Jaguar’s Director of Design explained in a recent interview how proportional opportunities have not yet been addressed by current EV’s.
“The opportunities offered by an electric powertrain are huge. Electric vehicles offer designers much greater freedom, and it is an opportunity we must grasp. This is why the I-PACE Concept is developed on a new architecture which has been designed to optimize electric vehicle performance, aerodynamics and interior space.”
- Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design
The future-focused interior design of the I-PACE is on par with Jaguar’s established tenacity for paving new paths by effectively combining technology and convenience with ergonomics. The I-PACE cockpit will be driver-focused with advanced intuitive interface designs and low-sitting slim-line position seats delivering that sense of connecting driver to vehicle and vehicle to road.
The I-PACE is equipped with two electric motors positioned on the front and rear axles that create a combined 400hp and 516-ft lb of instant torque. Powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, a single charge can take the I-Pace an astounding 220 miles. With the network of public and private charging ports growing exponentially, there is no need to worry about getting stranded.
So, until 2018, keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for more information about Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle. And, in the meantime, visit Jaguar Santa Barbara to learn about Jaguar’s wide selection of luxury vehicles currently available.
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