The Future Is Bright With the All-Electric Jaguar I-Pace
We were one of the first to try out the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace in the country, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. When All British Cars, the exclusive distributor of Jaguar vehicles in the Philippines virtually unveiled the Jaguar I-PACE we asked for dibs to try out the vehicle.
Even just driving it around for a few days, one can see the future of electrification is bright, not just for Jaguar. There are a lot of benefits in electrification. For one, it has zero emissions. Thanks to two powerful motors driving all its four wheels with just the right power specific to each wheel, the I-Pace will always have optimal grip on the road. The location of the battery on the flooring allows its engineers to distribute the weight of the car on a 50/50 split between the front and rear axles, giving it sportscar-like balance and handling.
We took the Jaguar I-Pace around town a few days and it gave us a new perspective in EV ownership
This isn’t my first time to drive an EV. We drove the Nissan Leaf around Hong Kong and tried it on track in Tokyo. We even got to try out Nissan’s experimental two-motor all-wheel-drive prototype on their proving grounds and also got to try out the Tesla X around the busy streets of Hong Kong. Having a two-motor set up makes all the difference.
Smartest five-seater sports car
Jaguar calls the I-Pace its smartest five-seater sports car. Being a purely electric vehicle, power is very linear and it is delivered instantly. According to Jaguar, the I-Pace only loses about three percent power from motor to the wheels, unlike conventional internal combustion engines, which only produces about 70 to 75 percent from motor to wheel. The I-Pace is rated at 400 PS (about 394 horsepower) and 696 Nm of torque that propels it from zero to 100 kilometer per hour in just 4.8 seconds. Now that’s fast.
Besides an all-wheel-drive system, the two electric motor set up also gives better braking performance when its regenerative braking. The I-Pace has two settings for regenerative braking. The high level setting allows the motors to generate more power when you let go of the pedals and the motor does most of the braking without even stepping on the brake pedal. This allows an almost seamless one-pedal driving by just using the accelerator pedal to do both the acceleration and braking.
There is no range anxiety for the I-Pace thanks to its 400km range
Since the car is so well balanced, the regenerative braking does not make the front end do a nosedive which makes the car handle better, especially when cornering at high speeds. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the one-pedal footwork is really great, which is not possible in conventional internal combustion engine cars.
The body of the I-Pace is made from a combination of alloy and steel, fashioned to maximize strength and safety without compromise on weight. With a strong and rigid body plus a very pliant suspension, it handles like a high performance car.
Stepping inside, the I-Pace interior welcomes you with a very luxurious fit and finish, very much like its conventional Jaguar siblings. We took the I-Pace up north and driving on the highway is just pure joy in comfort and luxury. There is no range anxiety thanks to its 400-kilometer range.
“Ideally, you would want to drain the batteries first before topping it up again, All British Cars President Chris Ward explains. "You do not want to top up the I-Pace right after using it when the battery level is still full.”
In this regard, it's quite similar to our own smartphones, where we usually drain the battery level to about 20 perent before recharging it so that the battery life can be prolonged. For the I-Pace, users can simply leave the charger plugged and can set when the I-Pace will charge. The car can pre-condition the battery and cabin temperature prior to planned departure using settings on the car’s onboard infotainment controls. Its thermal management system ensures the battery is optimized for the journey.
The I-Pace is also future-proof. It can update its software over the air. This allows users to always get the latest version of telematics and battery energy control software without needing to visit Jaguar service centers. And speaking of the future, it's covered with an eight-year, 160,000-kilometer, 70 percent health state warranty.
The I-Pace uses a 90-kW lithium ion high-voltage battery. Charging from zero to full would take 12 hours and 48 minutes using the bundled 7-kW charger that comes along with the price tag. This makes it ideal for home charging. Ward says that a faster 11-kW on-board charger will be available in the near future. If you want an extra charger, it's priced at P105,000 (without installation).
If you're seriously lusting over Jaguar’s smartest five-seater sports car, All British Cars is now accepting orders and it is priced at P7.59 million. Check out the I-Pace or its other offerings at their new Jaguar Land Rover BGC Boutique Showroom or its EDSA, Greenhills boutique and ask for a test drive.