Jaguar Land Rover has taken a huge step towards an all-electric future with the unveiling of its ground-breaking Jaguar I-Pace.
The I-Pace is the first electric vehicle produced by the West Midlands car maker which has pledged to have electric versions of all its models by 2020.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) says the I-Pace, which has been designed as an electric vehicle from the ground up, will offer “sustainable sports car performance, next-generation artificial intelligence technology and five-seat SUV practicality”.
The car is said to be capable of rapid public charging from zero to 80 per cent in 85 minutes but this technology does not come cheaply as the car is retailing for £63,495 in the UK.
Among some of the technology on the car are an infotainment system, which has touchscreens and physical controls, and a sat-nav specially designed for ‘electric’ motoring as it assesses the topography of a route and insights from previous journeys to calculate personalised range and charging status.
Another new technological feature is Amazon Alexa Skill which will enable owners to ask an Alexa-enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app.
The I-Pace will also be the first Jaguar to provide software updates over-the-air.
Although West Midlands companies in the supply chain will benefit from the the new car, it will actually be built at JLR’s plant in Austria as part of a manufacturing partnership with Magna Steyr.
Chief executive Ralf Speth said: “Where other companies talk about the future, we build it.
“We have torn up the rule book to create the newest member of the Pace family, the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.
“With zero tailpipe emissions, no CO2 and no particulates, it moves us dramatically closer to our vision of a clean, safe and sustainable future.”