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A concept version of the I-Pace being tested Arctic conditions at -40°C.
Jaguar’s been teasing its upcoming Tesla rival, the I-Pace since late 2016. While it isn’t revealing the full details of the car for another month, Jaguar has announced its first electric vehicle will come with quick charging.
The company has claimed the I-Pace will be able to charge its battery from zero per cent to 80 per cent within 45 minutes. There is a catch, though. To be able to charge the vehicle at this rapid rate owners will need to plug-in to a 100kW DC charger.
At present, the most common type of charger in the UK – a 50kW DC connection – won’t support this potential speed. Jaguar has previously claimed the I-Pace’s battery will charge to around 80-90 per cent on the more common 50kW charger in 90 minutes. This is still pretty nifty but as more high-speed charging points become available owners will undoubtedly make the transition across.
While the 100kW charging infrastructure isn’t widespread at present, there are efforts to increase the capability of fast chargers. An ‘ultra fast’ system with charge rates of up to 350kW was installed in Germany in December 2017. When Nissan announced its new electric Leaf at the beginning of this year it also included 100kW fast charging.
The I-Pace itself is a four-door, five-seater electric performance SUV and it’s predicted the battery will have a range of around 500km (310 miles) from a single charge. This puts it in direct competition with Tesla’s Model X. Jaguar says the I-Pace will also be able to be “prepared” for a journey at its owner’s house by plugging it into the mains.
The existence of the I-Pace was first revealed at the LA Auto Show back in December of 2016. At the time the car was only a concept but the company’s previous conversion of the F-Pace from a design project to production vehicle showed it’s serious about turning its ideas into new roadworthy vehicles.
When revealing the concept vehicle, Jaguar said it will have electric motors at the front and rear axels. Each motor will produce the equivalent of 197bhp. It’s claimed the car will have a 0-60mph time of four seconds. The final form of the car hasn’t yet been revealed by Jaguar, which is due to reveal the production car on March 1. Importantly, it will also finally announce how much the I-Pace will cost customers when it goes on sale.