The Jaguar I-Pace is one of the most eagerly awaited cars of the year, not least because JLR and its ferocious hype machine has been drip-feeding the media with pictures and details for the past few months. But we think there’s more to this car than just the usual marketing guff, over-written press releases and industry clichés. This car has the potential to be an actual, real-world game-changer.
Not in the way that a slightly improved estate car is a “game-changer”. Not how we describe small technological advances as “game-changing tech”. The I-Pace actually might alter the way we think about mobility, about car design and (especially) integrating electric vehicles into our lives.
One crucial aspect to Jaguar’s roll-out of the I-Pace is its partnership with driverless developer Waymo, a direct descendant of Google’s self-driving car project. Together, Jaguar and Waymo will build up to 20,000 autonomous I-Pace SUVs, which will be tested on public roads later this year.
For those of you unwilling to register to view the gallery, here’s a precis: the Jaguar I-Pace is an all-electric family car, with five seats, a large boot, a tiny extra boot in the front, and some impressive performance figures. It’ll cost a tad over £60,000 and it’s ready to order now.
What this means is that Britain has built a rival to the Tesla Model X, creating a family-focused SUV that emits nothing at the tailpipe. A range of 298 miles isn’t quite up there with conventional cars but it’s not bad, and gives the I-Pace longer legs than electric cars from even five years ago. This is, potentially, maybe, a game-changer. Read on for more.