Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, due late next year, will be an SUV. The mid-size I-Pace dispenses with the long bonnet typical of a Jaguar but it still looks the part. A 90kWh lithium-ion battery is integrated into the floor while electric motors front and rear combine for 295kW of power, delivering zero-to-100km/h acceleration of about 4 seconds. Range is 500km and it can be topped up to 80 per cent in 90 minutes with the right charger.
Jaguar Land Rover has pledged to electrify all new vehicles from 2020. From March-April, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will be available with plug-in drivelines offering 297kW of power from a four-cylinder petrol engine plus electric motor. With all-wheel drive and a 51km electric-only range, prices start from $95k for the Sport P400e and $190k for the Range Rover P400e.
Plug-in hybrid petrol SUV variants are available for the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes GLE and Volvo XC90. Even Mitsubishi has one. In January, Audi will ship in the first diesel plug-in hybrid in the Q7 e-tron. It combines an electric motor with a 3.0-litre diesel V6 for 275kW and up to 56km on battery power alone. It starts at $140k.