Most concept vehicles will spend their lifetimes travelling from one auto show to another and look pretty on display, but that is not the case with the Jaguar I-Pace as it was being driven around on the streets of London.
Perhaps Jaguar wanted to prove that the I-Pace concept is both a gorgeous specimen and a fully functioning electric vehicle, capable of maneuvering around the streets of London’s Olympic Park.
Ian Callum, Jaguar's Director of Design, told CarScoops that “Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-Pace’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars. The I-Pace Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived”
Competing against the Tesla Model X, the I-Pace concept can sprint from 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds thanks to electric motors situated at the front and rea axels. Combined, they can produce 394 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Not only is it an all-wheel-drive sprinter, the I-Pace also has a practical electric range of more than 311 miles and 80% charge can be achieved, using the 50kW DC, in just 90 minutes.
Of course this applies to the concept model, but hopefully we’ll see similar numbers in the production model that’s expected to debut late this year.