Swift and sleek, the I-Pace is first among the lux­ury elec­tric ri­vals for Tesla

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - MOTORING - RICHARD BLACK­BURN

The elec­tric car rev­o­lu­tion is about to gather pace in Aus­tralia, thanks to the aptly named Jaguar I-Pace. The sleek­look­ing SUV is the first of a wave of new lux­ury EVs de­signed to make life tough for cur­rent poster boy Tesla. Later this year Mercedes-Benz will en­ter the fray with the EQC, then Audi will fol­low with its e-Tron.

New Jaguar man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mark Cameron says beat­ing the Ger­man lux­ury brands to the punch on EVs is “a huge achieve­ment for a brand of our size”. It is also a chance to change per­cep­tions of the brand.

“Look back at the his­tory of when Jaguar has been at its best … it’s been at the fore­front of de­sign and tech­nol­ogy,” he says. The I-Pace will serve an­other pur­pose by en­cour­ag­ing the roll­out of charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

“It’s all about us be­ing an ac­cel­er­a­tor of the ac­cep­tance of this type of tech­nol­ogy,” he says.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion is an I-Pace trump card. There’s V8-like urge off the mark and the run from rest to 100km/h takes just 4.8 sec­onds, thanks to 294kW of power and

696Nm of torque.

More im­por­tantly, it claims a range of 470km on a sin­gle charge, putting it on par with some petrol SUVs and ahead of

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