Yesterdays news from Britains biggest car manufacturer announced that by 2020 all new models made will be fully electric or hybrid. This falls in line with the governments claims that they will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel powered cars by 2040.
The first electric Jaguar, the I-Pace SUV, is due to go on sale at the beginning of 2018. Styling follows suit with the F-Pace, with narrow rear lights, but it should handle more like a sporty car than an SUV. It will have a range of 310 miles (500km) and be on a par with the Tesla but ahead of lower priced alternatives, such as the Nissan Leaf.
“With the I-PACE Concept we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package,” said chief designer Ian Callum.
Jaguar have also indicted they would like to build an electric car plant in the UK, similar to the Nissan one in Sunderland. This would be a boost to UK industry, following on from BMW's pledge to build the Mini in Oxford recently.
They have also recently converted their Classic sixties E-type Jaguar into an electric vehicle. Previously thought of as "the most beautiful car" in the world it has been refitted with a 220kW electric system and is said to be 1 second faster than the original, creating a "breath taking" driving experience. And visually there has not been a single change from the original car with Jaguar claiming they want to "future-proof classic car ownership".
And they are finalising changes to the Landrover range too, with new Range Rover and Range Rover Sports models expected early 2018.
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8th of September 2017