Jaguar’s first EV – Still a pure Jag!

We knew it was coming. Though some automakers have been more bullish, or more overt about electric vehicles, all brands are likely embrace electrification at some point. Now it’s...

img_0900-2-970x546-cWe knew it was coming. Though some automakers have been more bullish, or more overt about electric vehicles, all brands are likely embrace electrification at some point. Now it’s Jaguar’s turn.

Ahead of this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the U.K. automaker has revealed its i-Pace concept, an all-electric crossover that previews the company’s first electric production model.

Digital Trends was one a select few to glimpse the sleek EV as part of a virtual reality briefing. Basically, Jaguar created a virtual environment (via Samsung VR Gear) for us to explore the vehicle in depth – all while Jaguar/Land Rover’s Head of Design, Ian Callum, walked us through its development and key features. It may sound odd to stage a virtual demo with the actual car just a few feet away, but the introduction in fact gave us “digital seat time” long before anyone will behind the wheel in person.

There’s a lot going on with this vehicle, but here are some of the biggest highlights:

  • 220 miles of EV range
  • 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque via front and rear motors
  • Five seats
  • 90 minutes of charge time to hit 80 percent battery capacity

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/jaguar-first-all-electric-model-la-auto-show/#ixzz4Q3b8E9Sk

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