Jaguar unveils its first electric car

Jaguar unveils its first electric car
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled a prototype of what will be its first-ever fully electric car.

The I-Pace was announced at the Los Angeles Motor Show and will go into production next year – hitting the road in 2018.

JLR calls it the “next generation of battery electric vehicle design”.

The premium SUV is expected to rival the Model X from electric vehicle pioneer Tesla.

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A prototype of the car, the I-Pace Concept, was shown off in LA alongside details of how the vehicle will run once on the road.  

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The carmaker says the I-Pace will be able to travel more than 310 miles on a single charge. Based on the average daily commute, drivers would only need to charge the vehicle once a week.

The five-seat car’s battery will reach 80% of charge in just 90 minutes, JLR says, with it fully charging in 2 hours. 

The I-Pace will go from 0-60mph in around 4 seconds too.  Engineering innovations include electric motors at the front and rear axles of the car to produce close to 400bhp and 516lb ft of torque.  

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Ian Callum, JLR director of design, said the car opens a new chapter for Jaguar.

“The I-Pace Concept is a radical departure for electric vehicles,” he explains. “It represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design.

“It’s a dramatic, future-facing design – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship.

“This will be Jaguar’s first-ever battery-powered electric vehicle and opens a new chapter in the history of our legendary brand.”

Demand for electric, hybrid and hydrogen cars in the UK has increased by 12.4% year-on-year, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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