ELEC­TRIFY ME

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE -

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.

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