Date:2 March 2018
Jaguar has unveiled its first electric vehicle and it looks very similar to the I-Pace Concept.
The sleek-looking, all-wheel-drive vehicle is powered by two electric motors, designed in-house, which have driveshafts passing through the motors themselves for compactness. These motors are placed at each axle, producing a combined performance of 294kW and 696Nm.
The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible to create the perfect 50:50 weight distribution (and a low centre of gravity) for the electric vehicle, which can sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds.
The 90kWh Lithium-ion battery gives a 480km range and charging with a 100kW DC fast-charger the battery can reach 80%capacity, from zero, in less than 45-minutes.
The I-Pace has the most torsional rigidity (36kNm/degree) of any Jaguar vehicle due to the advanced riveting and bonding technology used in the EV aluminium architecture. The front suspension is double wishbone while integral link rear axle with (optional) air suspension.
The I-Pace will be available in South Africa from 2019 and we’ll be eager to test one out.