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Jaguar’s First Electric Vehicle Hits Public Roads for the First Time

(Credit: © Jaguar)

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Jaguar’s First Electric Vehicle Hits Public Roads for the First Time

Jaguar is working toward creating the first real-world competition for the Tesla Model X, and it recently took a big step by taking its concept electric crossover out for a stroll on public roads.

The Jaguar team took the concept I-Pace to London’s famed Olympic Park for a leisurely stroll down the street. According to Jag’s director of design, Ian Callum, “Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team.”

Jaguar I-Pace Concept (Credit: © Jaguar)

While there are no additional details about Jag’s first-ever electric concept crossover, the automaker did reaffirm some details about it. Under its hood, the I-Pace boasts two electric motors (one on the front axle and one on the rear) that combine to crank out 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This potent electric powertrain sprints the I-Pace to 60 mph in about four seconds, making it quicker than the Model X 100D.

Fueling the electric motors is a 90-kW lithium-ion battery that allows the I-Pace to keep rolling for about 220 on U.S. testing cycles, which is slightly under the Model X 75D’s 237-mile range. Once you’re outta juice, this rig takes only 90 minutes to charge to 80% and just over two hours to get up to 100%.

Jaguar I-Pace Concept (Credit: © Jaguar)

Jaguar expects to have a production version of the I-Pace out and ready for delivery in 2018. The specific timetable of pricing is still unavailable.

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