LOVE OR HATE IT, THE I-PACE IS WHERE THE FUTURE IS GOING
MINE has been a week of Jaguar extremes.
On one side there is the slow schlepp of transferring ownership of a rebuilt 1966 Mark II, as thirsty a fuel guzzler as ever came out of this stable. On the other there is this fast I-Pace. Jaguar’s all-electric SUV that can be recharged using solar power.
The advent of the I-Pace is being studiously ignored by most of the gnarled members of the local Jaguar club, despite the combined output of almost 300 kW and 700 Nm (sic) generated by lightweight electric motors at the front and rear axles.
Powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery, the I-Pace will be able to accelerate from 0-60 km/h in around four seconds, with a targeted range of more than 500 km.
Charging, says Jaguar, will also be quick — an 80% charge can be achieved in 90 minutes and 100% charge achieved in just two hours using 50kW DC fast charging.
The problem for the Jag members, I suspect, is the lack of fire up front. For if we are honest about it, the internal combustion engine gave us cave men the ultimate control over fire and as Mugabe and Zuma know, control is very hard to let go.
The I-Pace goes on sale in the second half of 2018, and will cost over a million rand, but I suspect the gnarled members will then be busy adjusting the carburettors of their “real’ Jaguars. As more European cities ban fuel engines, they may, however, just be onto a new tourism niche in SA, attracting tourists who want to drive in fuel burning cars, much like happened with steam trains.
I certainly hope so, for that will be when the schlepp with the Mk II finally pays off.
‘It’s electric, like my washing machine’ was one reaction by a gnarled member of the local Jaguar club upon news of this futuristic new I-Pace.