You would be forgiven if you taught that the Tesla Model X was the only fully electric SUV. But with the electric car market getting more and more lucrative, other companies are also want a slice of the pie. Well ladies and gentlemen, the Jaguar I-Pace is official. After more than a year since the I-Pace Concept was unveiled, the British car manufacturer has now launched its first full-electric car.
The car falls into the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) category, which means it'll be going head-to-head with the Tesla Model X. Also, size wise, It's not quite a big as the Model X, with the new Jaguar offering seats for up to five adults, while the Tesla can go to seven seats. When it comes to battery power, it boasts a a 90kWh battery capable of delivering up to 298 miles per charge.
According to Jaguar, the I-Pace will be able to do 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds, ensuring that it has enough punch from the start. That is nice, but is still not as fast as Tesla's 0-60 in 2.9 seconds Ludicrous Mode.
When it comes to charging, from 50kW chargers you'll be able to replenish from 0% to 80% in 85 minutes, while a 30 minute charge will be good for around 80 miles of travel. It is also compatible with the 100kW fast chargers, allowing you top up even quicker with the 0% to 80% time slashed to 40 minutes. Then Home Charging, via a standard 7kW wall box connection will be much slower, with ten hours required to achieve an 85% top up from empty, which is okay for overnight.
Jaguar is also launching a surprise addition to car. Alexa. Yippee. Another voice assistant in another private place of our lives. But seriously, Jaguar is also launching an Amazon Alexa skill for the I-Pace, which would allow you to ask your smart home assistant various questions about the car. Examples include 'is my car locked?', 'what is the charging level?' and 'do I have enough range to get to work?'
Other important things to know is that the I-Pace is the first Jaguar to offer over-the-air software updates, which is a service Tesla already offers for all its models, ensuring the car has also the latest patches, fixes and features.
But one thing that they do both share in common is that they are both not cheap.The Jaguar I-Pace prices starts from $87,000.
In conclusion, ask any tech or auto fan boy. This is good news. Because if there is one thing that competition does, it is to increase standards. And increased standards is good.