The All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE – Review

What? An SUV That Is Not Fuel Guzzling And Dirty, Yet Crowned The World Car Of The Year 2019: Enter The Electric Jaguar I-PACE


Let’s be honest. The design of early EVs were, at best, uninspiring and, at worst, ridiculed. Over time, automotive manufacturers, like Tesla and BMW, began the process of changing perception with the launch of stylish electric car models, like the Tesla Model X and the BMW i3. However, Jaguar Land Rover has moved this a gear up, with the highly-desirable and good looking, Jaguar I-PACE. This new electric car has the potential to dethrone the industry leaders like Tesla.

The Jaguar I-PACE Is ‘Radical, Dramatic And Future-Facing’

Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, states:

“We’ve created I-PACE to represent the next generation of Battery Electric Vehicle design. It’s radical, dramatic, and future-facing-the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship.”

We at e-zoomed happen to agree wholeheartedly!

The I-PACE Won Big At The New York International Auto Show

The I-PACE has already cemented its leadership position, as the leading EV SUV in the world. The model received three prestigious accolades at the New York International Auto Show. The model was awarded the World Car of the Year 2019, World Green Car and World Car Design.

The electric Jaguar I-PACE was selected from an initial list of 40 vehicles in the World Car of the Year award. The vehicles were judged by 86 motoring journalists from 24 countries. Since its launch in 2018, the I-PACE has already achieved impressive sales, with more than 1,700 sold in the UK. The all-electric SUV model starts from £60,995 to include the UK government plug-in grant (PiCG).

The Jaguar I-PACE’s Top Specs

The I-PACE has three variants, the S, SE and HSE. All three come with a 90 kWh battery, with the top variant, HSE priced at £74,995. The model is eligible for the the PiCG.

According to Jaguar, a typical 50kW public DC rapid charger can deliver up to 168 miles of range per hour. The SUV is equipped to accept up to 100 kW DC charger. So good news as the UK public charging infrastructure develops.

Acceleration is an impressive 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, with built-in all-wheel-drive traction. The high energy density lithium-ion 90 kWh battery is positioned within the wheel base resulting in a low  centre of gravity for the vehicle. The range is 292 miles (WLTP cycle).


What Do The Jaguar I-PACE Reviews Say?

Not surprisingly, the Jaguar I-Pace reviews from leading automotive commentators has been positive:

  • AUTOCAR awards the electric vehicle a 4 1/2 stars, with ‘innovative design’ and performance as  pros. However, the lack of rapid charging infrastructure has been identified as a concern.
  • Top Gear awarded it 8/10, impressed by its acceleration, interior space and brave exterior. The claimed range by the manufacturer is viewed as ambitious.
  • WhatCar gives the model a whopping 5 stars, hugely impressed with safety and security, but concerned with the price tag. 

What stands out the most for us at e-zoomed, is that, finally, we have an SUV that does not have the negative connotations associated with most petrol and diesel SUVs i.e. high pollution.

You do not need to hide in your diesel polluting SUV as you drive past your neighbours. With the Jaguar I-PACE, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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