- Rapid charging to enable long-distance travel
- Aero-efficient, cabin space for five and luggage
- All-wheel drive can do 0-100km/h in 4.8
PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar has not only introduced its first battery-car to South Africa but also a public rapid-charging network to cover inter-city travel.
The automaker claims 470km emissions-free (not counting that from the production of electricity, of course) is possible for its I-Pace supercar as well as an escape from the ruinous level to which the prices of petrol and diesel have reache
And they are yet to go even higher.
The car’s 90kWh lithium-ion battery can be fully charged from several types of charger, one of them a 7.4kW wall box for home or office parking and public (as in any battery-car owner can use them) chargers along the Jaguar ‘Powerway’ – rapid chargers at, for instance, shopping centres and fuel stations on inter-city routes – and at every Jaguar Land Rover dealer in South Africa.
Land Rover SA / sub-Sahara Africa’s Brian Hastie told The Corner in a media release: ”Home charging, for most I-Pace owners, will mean the equivalent of a full tank of fuel every morning. We’re already at the point where an electric car can be your everyday car.”
Every I-Pace, JLR says, will be delivered with a universal “occasional use” recharge cable for household sockets which can reach 100% charge in 24 hours but an (extra-cost option) will halve that. You’ll need another R25 000 on top of the car’s price (listed at the end of this feature).
Public charge times will depend on charger capacity but, JLR says, the most common 60kW units (in South Africa) will charge give a flat-to-80% charge in about an hour and quarter or enough juice of another 100km in 20 minutes.
HAVE COFFEE AND A BUN
The I-Pace, JLR adds, is capable of accepting a charge capacity up to 100kW which would enable 0-80% in less than 40 minutes – time for a coffee and bun at a roadside cafe.
However, the automaker suggests that charging should be done whenever possible – the Corner warns that you can’t just take a can with the equivalent of five litres of electricity to a roadside layby. (There’s a business opportunity for an entrepreneur – a fleet of mobile generators to go to the rescue. Automobile Association, are you reading this?)
A Jaguar-designed electric motor, its driveshaft passing through it, is adjacent to each axle and, combined, will produce a startling 294kW / 696Nm delivered through all-wheel drive. That means serious clout (if you want to chew your power supply): 0-100km/h in 4.8sec, for instance.
The Corner suggests you don’t make a habit of it…
The car’s shell is all-aluminium and is the most rigid of any Jaguar yet. For the buffs it boasts 36kNm/degree.
The battery is central between axles for 50:50 weight distribution and to keep the CofG as low as possible.
JLR promises: ”There will be nothing on South African roads that looks or drives like the Jaguar I-Pace. It was designed and engineered to take full advantage of its smart electric power train and maximise the potential of the packaging benefits it brings.
”The cab-forward design contrasts with its squared-off tail; between them the produce a drag co-efficient of 0.29Cd, the cabin is upholstered with leather, and exquisite attention to detail identify this as a true Jaguar.”
And of course there is no transmission tunnel to eat up legroom. There is, however, a 10-litre central cubby, tablet/laptop stowage under the seats, and a 656-litre bott which can be expanded to 1453-litres with rear seats flat.
JLR’s media release adds that the company is committed to a cleaner future and has plans to prolong the life of its batteries with recycling partnerships making second-life energy packs.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
The I-Pace will be available in South Africa as S, SE and HSE derivatives and a ”First Edition”. Here’s what they will cost – we hope they don’t shock you.
Jaguar I-Pace S – R1 687 200
Jaguar I-Pace SE – R1 745 400
Jaguar I-Pace HSE – R1 820 900
Jaguar I-Pace First Edition – R1 920 700
The cars will be delivered with an eight-year or 160 000km (whichever comes first) battery warranty.