Welcome To The Future
Jaguar has stolen a march on its rivals in the quest to release the first mainstream all-electric luxury car with the extraordinary I-Pace SUV. At nearly half the price of the Tesla P100D it’s a clear sign that the big boys are about to get tough with Tesla.
Strangely enough for such a clean car, I felt a bit dirty punting the electric Jaguar I-Pace along the rough Portuguese back roads.
The car was doing everything perfectly well, which annoyed me as I felt like I was enjoying the forbidden fruit of a new automotive world against my will.
Wanting to throw it into corners later and push it harder to upset its virtually zero body roll, I had to come to the reluctant conclusion that as a bona fide member of the petrol heads club, I liked this electric car.
“Mum, Dad, I have something to tell you…” That’s how I felt.
This was a sea change and I had to accept that ultimately after two days of driving the I-Pace on a mix of public roads, race track, 4WD trails and even though a river, without so much as altering its tyre pressures, it had me. The I-Pace won me as an electric car I could live with every day. There, I said it. [To be continued...]
Jaguar I-Pace: The all-new electric cat is sure to send a shock Tesla’s way
Till now Tesla has enjoyed a free run as the only maker of electric luxury cars but that’s about to change with Jaguar being the first of the mainstream boys to fight back with its luxury SUV I-Pace.
From a business case it makes perfect sense for Jaguar to develop its first electric car as an SUV as these are the two boom categories in the automotive world
In 2017, more than 1.3 million plug-in hybrids were sold which is a 53 per cent increase over the year prior and as of mid 2018, there were 13,000 public charging outlets for electric vehicles in the UK, 95,000 across Europe and 150,000 in China.
When companies talk about starting from a clean slate with a new car, it never really is but with the Jaguar I-Pace, this most certainly is the case because without an engine up front, everything changes in terms of space optimization, interior dimensions, weight transfer and handling. [To be continued...]