Even if you like a little bet now and again, we reckon you’d have been reluctant to put much money on Jaguar being among the first true luxury car brands to launch an all-electric car, but that’s exactly what it’s done – the I-Pace is the famous marque’s first all-electric car, and it’s a major achievement. With its output dwarfed by that of rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the cards were stacked against Jaguar. However, while we’ve seen some of those German giants dip their toe in the water with the likes of the BMW i3 and VW Golf-e hatchbacks, what makes the arrival of the I-Pace even more impressive is that it’s the first premium all-electric SUV from an established car manufacturer. It also means it’s fighting directly with Tesla’s Model S. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The I-Pace features two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors housed to deliver constant four-wheel drive. This sees the I-Pace produce 394bhp delivered through a single-speed gearbox. With all that power delivered instantly, you’ll be able to plant your foot to the floor and out-drag a Porsche 911 Carrera (991) to 60mph (4.5 seconds versus 4.6 seconds since you ask), while the I-Pace can reach a top speed of 124mph. The range of the large 90kWh lithium-ion battery under the floor of the I-Pace is a notable 292 miles, according to WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure). This is a new process that measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions… [Read full story]
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