Jaguar I-Pace 200-mile road trip 07 | 12 | 2017

    JAGUAR’S FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC car, the I-Pace — designed by Scot Ian Callum — will go on-sale at Scottish dealerships next March. Prices are expected to stat around £60,000. Ahead of its launch at next Spring’s Geneva Motor Show, a prototype has just complete a 200-mile tour in California. (Related: New Jaguar Land Rover centre opens in Scotland)

    The I-Pace — which has two electric motors for a combined 395bhp and 516lb/ft of torque, plus a 90kWh lithium ion battery pack mounted on the floor — has a range of 310 miles. It’s also capable of 0-62mph in 4.0secs. (Related: Jaguar I-Pace to go racing)

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    When it enters Scottish showrooms, the production car will have permanent four-wheel drive, enhanced by torque-vectoring by braking to enhance the handling. That handling is further boosted by the fact the I-Pace has a centre of gravity 100mm lower than the F-Pace.

    So it’s not exactly surprising that thousands of potential customers have pressed the ‘I want one’ button on www.jaguar.com to place a deposit, or register a strong interest in the hotly-anticipated electric SUV.

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    Not only will they be at the front of the queue when order books officially open in March, but a lucky few have been chosen to accompany Jaguar's engineers as prototype vehicles complete final validation tests.

    Ann Voyer from Pasadena asked Jaguar if the I-Pace would have enough range to complete her favourite road trip along California's West Coast.

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    To answer her question, Jaguar engineers took her on a long-distance range test – on one charge only. The I-Pace production prototype drove 200 miles from Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, on a single charge of its advanced Lithium-Ion battery.

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    “After 1.5 million global test miles, the I-Pace is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge,” Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director, said. “Jaguar's first battery electric vehicle will also be fast to charge; our target is a zero to 80% charge being achievable in a short break."

    Related: Jaguar I-Pace hits the streets

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    Jim McGill

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