Jaguar is the latest luxury car maker to enter India’s still underdeveloped electric-car market. The I-Pace, which it launched this week, is an all-wheel-drive (AWD), all-electric crossover SUV that is powered by twin electric motors, which produce 294kW and 696Nm of torque. With a 90kWh lithium-ion battery providing ample amounts of juice to the I-Pace’s electric motors, the SUV can accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds and hit a top speed of around 200kph. With full charge it can travel close to 400km, which is impressive for this generation of electric cars.
There isn’t much of an EV charging infrastructure in India, which is a major concern for prospective EV buyers in the country. On its part, Jaguar is trying to do what it can to ensure that I-Pace buyers have multiple options for charging their electric SUV. The company is providing a charging cable and a 7.4kW AC wall-mounted charger, which can be installed in buyers’ homes. (JLR India has an arrangement with Tata Power Ltd., which will handle the actual installation, with coordination being handled by JLR retailers.) With this charger, the I-Pace can be fully charged in about 14 hours.
In addition, JLR India has 22 retail outlets across 19 cities and some of these are equipped with 25kW DC fast chargers, which can charge the I-Pace in four hours. According to the company, 35 chargers have already been installed and more are coming soon.
Of course, visiting a JLR retail facility every time you want to charge your I-Pace will not be a practical proposition for most, so when not using the charger installed at home, I-Pace owners can also use the Tata Power EV charging network, which includes some fast chargers as well. Tata Power currently has more than 300 EV charging points across 40 cities in India (the network is being upgraded and expanded every month) and charging points can easily be located via a dedicated app that’s free to download. The app also allows users to make online payments for the electricity they use for charging their electric vehicle. With a bit of careful planning, most I-Pace owners should be able to manage their charging needs fairly easily.
‘The Jaguar I-Pace is the first all-electric SUV that we’ve launched in India and it marks the beginning of our electrification journey. The Indian market is surely warming up to the prospects of electric vehicles. Among our customers, there is a growing concern around pollution in cities and overall environment sustainability, which is triggering the demand for EV’s,’ said Rohit Suri, President and MD, Jaguar Land Rover India. ‘Government policy push is acting as a catalyst to drive this demand even further. The 21st century luxury customer is also keen to adopt the latest in technology and EVs are absolutely at the top of the pyramid in this aspect,’ he added.
Designed by Ian Callum, the Jaguar I-Pace is underpinned by a pure, purpose-built electric vehicle architecture that was created specifically for this vehicle and delivers driving dynamics that are worthy of the ‘Jaguar’ badge. The vehicle, which has a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, gets double-wishbone suspension at the front and integral link suspension at the back, which has been tuned for great high-speed handling, refinement and ride comfort.
The I-Pace is, of course, a luxury SUV and is gets a host of infotainment, safety and electronic driver-assistance features, along with ‘software over the air’ (SOTA) functionality. The latter uses the vehicle’s in-built data connection to download and install software updates automatically, keeping infotainment, battery management and charging software up to date, making things that much easier for the owner.
The I-Pace comes with a five-year roadside assistance package and 8 years or 160,000km warranty on the battery. Pan-India ex-showroom prices start at Rs 1.06 crore, which is certainly not inexpensive. But for early adopters who wanted the coolest, most capable and the nicest looking electric car currently available in India, the I-Pace is definitely the Jaguar you want.