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

But it's now planning the launch of what will likely be the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover just four weeks hence.

Jaguar has announced it will reveal its first all-electric model, the I-PACE, in a live global broadcast at 19:00 CET on March 1 (05:00 AEDST March 2), when it will also go on sale.

That lets the first-ever electric Jaguar sit on the footprint of a compact crossover, the company has said, but offer cabin volume closer to that of a mid-size SUV-though it won't have a third-row seat.

Jaguar has yet to reveal all of the details, but the initial concept touted a 220-mile range and 400 horsepower, but that may have also changed since the last update.

Pre-conditioning the vehicle ensures maximum range, performance and comfort whether temperatures are freezing cold or extremely hot, says Jaguar.

The I-Pace is now undergoing final testing in Arjeplog, Sweden, with potential customers taking to the wheel in Sweden.

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.

Though final specs remain unconfirmed, the I-Pace is expected to offer maximum outputs in the region of 295kW and 700Nm, with one electric motor mounted on each axle for all-wheel-drive capability. Range should be in the 350-km area, and a 100-kW charger helps to replenish the battery to 80-percent charge from zero in just 45 minutes. It means temperatures down as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit, along with treacherous and slippery surfaces.

Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour, Jaguar says, will be in the 4.0-second range.

Tesla will soon have one more competitor to worry about.

Winter-weather besting is particularly important for battery-electric vehicles because cold temperatures can substantially limit the battery's ability to deliver power. Not only that, but Jaguar will be taking orders for the EV the same day.

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