Jaguar enters EV arena with electric concept SUV

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The Tata company's SUV comes with a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack—designed in-house for a targeted range of 354km.

Tata Motors-owned luxury brand Jaguar is making a clean entry into the electric car arena with the launch of a battery-powered concept sport utility vehicle, which it expects to hit the road in 2018.

According to the company, the I-PACE packs performance-tuned features including a target 0-60mph time of at least four seconds, a 310-plus mile range and a 50kW DC charging mechanism to help it reclaim 80% of its total range capability from zero in 90 minutes (measured on the U.S. EPA test cycle)—all in a five-seater SUV.

“The I-PACE Concept is a radical departure for electric vehicles. 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,” said Jaguar director of design Ian Callum.

The SUV comes with a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack—designed in-house by Jaguar—with a targeted range of 354km (220mi). The idea, according to the carmaker, is to be able to plug the car into a wall socket overnight and have enough range to complete at least 50km of daily commute.

The I-PACE targets the same consumers driving Tesla’s Model X SUV, but Jaguar’s SUV will be at “a much lower price point” than the premium Model X offering. Jaguar said it wanted to make a car designed for sport-loving drivers, with a low, road-hugging cockpit and yet with tons of usable space for those in the family way.

“The electric powertrain and the cab-forward layout positions the driver further forward, increasing the space for row-two occupants. This also allows the 530-litre luggage compartment volume without compromising the dramatic silhouette,” Callum said.

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