It also uses artificial intelligence (AI) to calculate remaining range based on climate, weather, topography, driving style and traffic conditions. The AI can sense the number of occupants and adjust the climate control accordingly to make it as efficient as possible.
The I-Pace is the first Jaguar to get over-the-air updates, which not only update infotainment and vehicle systems but also keep track of battery usage.
It will be built at the Magna plant in Austria alongside the E-Pace. It shares a trim and final line with the E-Pace and has its own body-in-white facility.
The I-Pace is priced from £58,995, including the government’s £4500 EV subsidy. The top of three trims, HSE, costs £69,995. Deliveries will start in July.
Jaguar’s lowest-spec I-Pace is expected to be the range’s best-seller, according to JLR’s UK managing director, Jeremy Hicks. The I-Pace S will account for around two-thirds of sales in the UK, Hicks believes, contradicting the usual behaviour of most British buyers who tend to go for top-end versions. Hicks attributes the market’s interest in the entry-level car to keen pricing (especially against its rival, Tesla) and to the S’s impressive equipment level.
Europe, China and the US are all expected to be popular destinations for the zero-emissions model. California is due to be particularly important for sales, given its appetite for environmentally friendly vehicles, while Norway – known for its notable EV incentives – has taken the biggest number of I-Pace pre-orders.
Jaguar is cautious about revealing its planned production volumes for the car, but says the car is “pretty much sold out” for the first year. The company is coy about revealing planned production volumes at Magna Steyr’s factory in Graz, Austria, but I-Pace is believed likely initially to outsell F-type at more than 10,000 a year, with available capacity one of its problems.
Last year, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth confirmed that every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020. He said: “We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles.”
I-Pace batteries: EV could get different battery sizes in future
Unlike many of its rivals, Jaguar is offering only one battery size for its I-Pace, which promises a range of up to 298 miles.
But vehicle line director Ian Hoban told Autocar that the car maker did look at a modular system for batteries, in the same vein as Tesla and upcoming electric brands such as Volkswagen’s ID. He said: “We did consider it, but we decided one propulsion system and one specification was most appropriate for launch.”
He acknowledged that 298 miles was plenty of range for most people but added that the key is “delivering range all day, every day”.