0 to 100km in 4.8 seconds and 480km claimed range in single fast charge. Is this the beginning of a new era?
British car maker Jaguar Landrover owned by Indian conglomerate Tata has launched I-pace electric SUV at Geneva Motor Show 2018. The Jaguar I-pace is the first standalone electric car from a major manufacturer to rival Tesla. The all new I-pace is based on lighter aluminium platform and gets a newly innovated electric battery motor.
Jaguar states that the overall design of the I-Pace is based on the physics. The bonnet of the electric SUV is short due to the absence of an engine. The front end of the Jaguar I-Pace features a sloping bonnet, sleek LED headlights, honeycomb grille and wide air dam. The SUV also gets new LED DRLs and alloy wheels.
During the presentation at Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar revealed that the I-pace has gone through toughest temperature test from -40 to 40 degree celsius. The company has announced that the car would be available in select countries of Europe and Americas. In the US, Jaguar I-pace starts from $69,500. As per CNET, the fully fledged top model will be available at $98,000. Jaguar, though owned by Tata Motors has not unveiled its plans for the Indian market.
The future of high range Electric cars is here
Earlier this year, Tata Motors bagged an Indian government order to supply 30,000 mid-ranged Sedans. With the large-scale order, each car costs around Rs 10 lakh. EESL, under Phase 2 has called for Expression of Interest tender for procurement of another 10,000 electric cars. The electric car is clean and import substitute technology. The battery and service clause makes an electric car expensive but it may become a choice for consumers as electricity is cheap.
The strength of the newly launched Jaguar I-pace is hidden inside its aluminium body. The I-pace with fuelled with 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack consisting of 432 cells. With an unladen weight of just 2.2 tonnes, the I-pace does a fabulous 0 to 100 in just 4.8km. Jaguar has released a video of I-pace in a drag race with Tesla Model X.
The electric motors draw power from a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a driving range of over 480km. The battery can be charged up to 80 percent in just 45 minutes on a 100kW rapid charger. The production of the Jaguar I-Pace will commence this year, and the deliveries will begin from July 2018. The I-pace will be produced by Magna in its manufacturing facility at Graz, Austria.
We are happy to know that Tata Motors now has the best-of-class electric vehicle technology. In near future, we hope to see high range electric buses and commercial vehicle from Tata Motors. With significant strive, last-mile fast charging set-up and bureaucratic push, India plans to become a fully electric car country by 2030.
– Chaitanya Kulkarni