Jaguar brings battery power to its latest concept

I-Pace EV has 500km range

Jaguar has revealed its first all electric passenger vehicle. The I-Pace concept uses a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack to give the vehicle a range of over 500km on a single charge.

The vehicle uses a new architecture to make packaging the electric powertrain components simpler – an area that has made developing battery electric vehicles more complex for OEMs in the past.

The I-Pace uses a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover. This is combined with two synchronous permanent magnet motors – one on the front axle and one at the rear – which produce a total output of 294kW/700Nm.

Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "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."

But while the vehicle’s 500km range will meet the needs of most journeys, for many it is charging times that are the biggest challenge for battery electric vehicles because we have become so used to the speed at which we can refuel combustion engine vehicles.

To meet this challenge, the I-Pace uses fast charging via a 50kW DC charging network, which means a full charge will take just over 2 hours.

Ian Hoban, vehicle line director said: “Electric motors provide immediate response with no lag, no gearshifts and no interruptions. Their superior torque delivery compared to internal combustion engines transforms the driving experience. With 700Nm and the traction benefits of all-wheel drive, the I-Pace Concept accelerates from 0-100km/h in around four seconds."

tags: Jaguar Hybrids & EVs