Jaguar launches electric vehicle

Jaguar launches electric vehicle

Car making giant Jaguar, which has headquarters in the West Midlands, has showed off the prototype of its new electric vehicle at an event in Los Angeles.

The car is the I-Pace Concept car, the precursor to a production model which will be on the road in 2018.

The car is being described by Jaguar as a ‘smart, five seat sports car and a performance SUV in one’.

Ian Callum, the car maker’s director of design, said: "The I-Pace Concept represents the next generation of electric vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-facing cab-forward design with a beautiful interior – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship."

Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, of Jaguar Land Rover, added: "This is an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper: we’ve developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available. The I-Pace Concept fully exploits the potential EVs can offer in space utilisation, driving pleasure and performance."

The new car has state-of-the-art electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover, with the aim of giving the best possible performance and range for most daily journeys. 

The car is designed to be recharged from a standard wall socket overnight, and have more than enough range to complete the average daily commute, which is around 30 miles.

The car can also be rapidly charged, using a high-power charging point. This takes two hours. This type of charging will allow the car to travel around 220 miles.

The vehicle was unveiled at a special virtual reality event, which allowed them to ‘sit’ in the car while it was ‘built’ around them, piece-by-piece.

The virtual reality experience also allowed participants to sit in the front and rear of the car and explore its interior, discovering hidden details and features.

Mr Callum said: "The interior of the I-Pace Concept is finished with beautiful, premium materials and an unwavering attention to detail. Throughout the interior you will discover a host of beautiful details to surprise and delight. From the expansive panoramic glass roof to the sporting, beautifully finished seats, every feature bears the hallmark of British craftsmanship.

"And there is digital craftsmanship too, with two touch screens serving up information when and where you need it, limiting distraction and improving the driving experience."