Jaguar to soon reveal 'fast charging' SA-bound I-Pace

Jaguar to soon reveal 'fast charging' SA-bound I-Pace

Jaguar to soon reveal 'fast charging' SA-bound I-Pace

Jaguar is finally going to reveal the production version of the I-Pace concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The Jaguar I-PACE was recently voted by readers of What Car? magazine as the most anticipated new car of 2018, securing six times the votes of any other model on the shortlist, which includes the likes Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Audi.

The I-Pace was first previewed back in 2016, and prototypes have been spotted testing since, sporting designs closely resembling the concept. When using a 100 kW charger, the Jaguar is capable of being recharged to 80 per cent of its capacity within just 40 minutes, as long as you have access to a 100 kW charger, of course.

The price of the I-Pace is expected to be about 10-15 per cent higher than that of an F-Pace of a similar specification, so although Jaguar is still remaining tight-lipped on final pricing details the I-Pace is expected to cost around £60,000 (RM329,435).

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Jaguar previous year announced that the I-Pace would be launched in South Africa in 2019, joining the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 as SA's only full-electric vehicles. When the concept was shown, Jaguar claimed it made 400 horsepower and had a range of 220 miles. That might be because in addition to running barely camouflaged production models around for months, the company has even announced a one-make race series with the auto before we've seen the revealed production model. This pre-conditioning, according to Jaguar, will optimise both range and performance.

Rigorously tested across extremes of terrain and temperature, the I-PACE has tamed the Arctic at Jaguar Land Rover's cold weather test facility in Arjeplog, Sweden, at temperatures as low as -40°C.

One challenge with EVs in cold weather is the temperature of the battery.

That system requires the electric Jaguar to stay plugged in while parked, though we suspect the company has spent a fair bit of time testing how the battery holds up after multi-day "cold soak" periods at those temperatures.

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