• Designed as EV with space for five adults and luggage
  • Twin in house designed motors with combined 400PS and 696Nm delivering 0-60mph in 4.5s
  • 90kWh lithium ion battery and 298 mile with EV navigation to ensure range optimised routing
  • Bespoke EV aluminium architecture delivers brand;smost rigid body structure with 50:50 weight distribution
  • Rapid public charging from 0-80% in 85 minutes with 30 minutes charge giving about 80 miles range. Compatible with 100kW chargers
  • Smart Settings use artificial intelligence algorithms to tailor EV to individual driver preferences
  • Wireless over the air updates ensure latest software
  • Zero tailpipe emissions allow lower road taxes, reduced tolls and reduced congestion charges
  • Eight year/100,000 miles battery warranty and 21,000mile/two year service intervals
  • Order books open, priced from GBP63,495 in the UK (excluding government incentives)
Large SUV interior room, snappy acceleration, 4WD and a long range should make I-Pace a practical, if pricey, EV

Large SUV interior room, snappy acceleration, 4WD and a long range should make I-Pace a practical, if pricey, EV

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Tata Motors' Jaguar has launched its five passenger I-Pace SUV with 90kWh lithium ion battery using 432 pouch cells and a claimed range of up to 298 miles (WLTP cycle).

An 0-80% battery charge in 85 minutes using DC charging (50kW) will be possible and the EV will be fully compatible with 100kW DC rapid chargers as the technology is rolled out across the UK, which will enable a 0 80% charge in 40 minutes. Home charging with a 7kW AC wall box will achieve the same state of charge in just over 10 hours.

Smart range optimising technologies include a battery preconditioning system: when plugged in the EV will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery to maximise range ahead of driving away.

Two in house designed electric motors, with driveshafts passing through the motors themselves for compactness, are placed at each axle, producing combined 400PS and 696Nm, and all wheel drive.

The SUV can accelerate to 60mph in just 4.5s.

The dedicated EV aluminium architecture uses riveting and bonding technology to deliver a light, stiff body structure. Together with the structural battery pack, it has a torsional rigidity of 36kNm/degree.

The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible with a seal between the housing and the underfloor. This location enables 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.

A short, low bonnet, aero enhanced roof design and curved rear screen with squared off rear helps reduce the drag co efficient to 0.29Cd. Active vanes in the grille open when cooling is required but close to redirect air through the integral bonnet scoop, smoothing airflow.

Interior trim options include premium textile Kvadrat.

This mid sized SUV, thanks to cab forward design and EV powertrain, has interior space comparable to large SUVs, Jaguar claims. In the rear, legroom is 890mm while, with no transmission tunnel, there's a 10.5 litre central storage compartment. In the rear, tablet and laptop stowage is provided beneath the seats while the rear luggage compartment is 656 litres  and 1,453 litres with seats folded flat.

Connected car

Jaguar is launching its Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with the EV. Using a combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, it is said to be intuitive to use.

A new EV navigation system assesses the topography of the route to destination and insights from previous journeys, including driving style, to calculate personalised range and charging status.

The system uses smart settings technology – driven by AI algorithms – to identify individual driver preferences, and then tailors the driving and interior settings accordingly.

It will also launch an Amazon Alexa skill. This means owners will be able to ask an Alexa enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl remote app. For example: Is my car locked? What is the charging level? Do I have enough range to get to work?

The I-Pace will also be the first Jaguar to provide software over the air providing seamless updates.

"With competitive whole life costs and residual values, the I-Pace will be a popular choice for private customers, professionals and companies seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and fleet costs," Jaguar said.

Order books opened last night for S, SE and HSE derivatives alongside a First Edition.

Like Nissan, JLR plans to prolong the life of EV batteries with new recycling partnerships and second life energy storage trials.