April 23, 2018, 7:47 am
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Jaguar completes testing of new electric luxury SUV in US

ONE year ago Jaguar began prototyping and testing the I-PACE, a concept luxury SUV it first revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show (otherwise known as the North American International Auto Show). The company is back with the final production prototype for final range and durability tests ahead of its official global reveal this January.

Pricing and specifications will be announced and order books open for full configurations in March 2018 but over 200 production prototypes have completed 1.5 million miles and 11,000 hours of testing globally. In the United States—a market significant to Jaguar in terms of both sales and branding, thousands of potential customers have pressed the ‘I want one’ button on the official Jaguar site and registered their strong interest by place a deposit for the vehicle which have put them at the front of the delivery queue.

Doing so, lucky customers have become part of the testing of the hotly anticipated electric SUV. These lucky few have been chosen to accompany Jaguar’s engineers as prototype vehicles complete final validation tests.   

Ann Voyer from Pasadena asked Jaguar if the I-PACE would have enough range to complete her favourite road trip along California’s West Coast. To answer her question, Jaguar engineers took her on a long-distance range test – on one charge only. The I-PACE production prototype drove 200 miles from Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, on a single charge of its advanced Lithium-Ion battery.

“After 1.5 million global test miles, the I-PACE is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge. Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle will also be fast to charge; our target is a zero to 80 per cent charge being achievable in a short break,” Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director said.
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