The road to an electric future has been paved by a number of fits and starts. Companies that put out timid, meager efforts, and then abandon them. Changing political landscapes, and slow moving battery technology seemed to put the electric dream on the proverbial highway shoulder. But finally, it seems as though the momentum toward electrification is picking up speed. The latest example is Jaguar’s all-new I-Pace, a sleek crossover aimed at the Tesla Model X, and those wanting a fast, premium car that has a high seating position, and ample seating. With a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds, it’s a super quick car, if not as wildly fast as Tesla’s offerings. Expect starting prices to be form $80,000 and up. Via The Verge:
The production model basically matches the specs Jaguar originally set out to achieve with the I-Pace concept. A 90 kWh battery will give it an estimated 240 miles of range, which is more than enough for day-to-day driving. If and when you wind up running low on charge, Jaguar says the batteries can go from zero to 80 percent in just 40 minutes at 100kW DC fast charging stations. (A similar charge on a Level 2 home charger will take about 10 hours, according to Jaguar.)
With regards to performance, the dual motors — one on each axle — combine to give the I-Pace 394 horsepower, which gets it from 0–60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, Jaguar says. The company is promising a smooth ride, too, as active air suspension comes standard. Jaguar’s driver assistance features will be included as well.