All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE's Cold-Weather Tests Bode Well for Canada

Posted February 01, 2018

Jaguar has today also confirmed the I-PACE, which is around the same size as its F-PACE SUV, will bring "rapid charging and rapid performance".

Don't miss the global reveal of the new Jaguar I-PACE on March 1, 2018, followed by its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show five days later.

Jaguar has officially announced the reveal date of their first ever all-electric vehicle.

Jaguar hasn't revealed many other details about the production vehicle yet.

Extreme temperatures have a much more severe effect on the performance of electric cars compared to their internal combustion competition. The carmaker also claims to have scaled the Arctic for the cold weather testing of the I-Pace at the Arjeplog facility where the temperatures were as low as -40 degrees.

A 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack under the I-Pace cabin floor is expected to deliver a rated range of 220 miles or thereabouts. The battery will power a pair of electric motors, one at each axle, which deliver a combined 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That should be good for a zero-to-100 km/h time of 4.0 seconds.

It's all about to change very soon as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are all getting ready to release their first decent EV efforts as well, but the I-PACE is going to enjoy a few months of solitude on the market if we're to ignore Tesla's products.

Unsurprisingly, the feedback on how the i-Pace copes with ice and properly low temperatures is positive, and if the electric SUV can cope with -40C it should be just fine most other places.

By far the most interesting tidbit is about the crossover's fast-charging capabilities as recharging the battery to an 80-percent level will take less than 45 minutes by using a DC 100kW charger.

That system requires the electric Jaguar to stay plugged in while parked, though we suspect the company has spent a fair bit of time testing how the battery holds up after multi-day "cold soak" periods at those temperatures.