2020 Will See Half of Jaguar Models with Hybrid or Electric Powertrains
The performance-focused ethos of Jaguar Land Rover isn’t one you might associate with going green, but half of their models will be hybrid or electric by 2020. At least, that’s the goal outlined by CEO Ralf Speth, who called for a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery-electric revolution at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Green Expansion
Though Jaguar has traditionally been focused more on luxurious power than eco-friendly efficiency, this new goal shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with their ears to the ground. With drivers getting ever-more interested in greener driving, it only makes sense for Jaguar to take this step.
In fact, it was just last year that they announced a doubling of the headcount at their advanced-engineering department, and we’ve even confirmed that they will be entering a team in the FIA Formula E electric-vehicle open-wheel racing circuit. Of course, the clearest example of this all-new hybrid/electric commitment is seen in the upcoming I-PACE.
The Jaguar I-PACE
The upcoming I-PACE is expected to hit dealerships across the country sometime during 2018, and it has already generated substantial interest; after all, this is set to be the first luxury entrant in the all-electric compact SUV segment. The new model will set the standard for all other models entering the brand-new class, and that standard is expected to be high.
Instead of simply reworking what already exists, the team at Jaguar decided to create a chassis that is perfectly honed around the benefits afforded by battery power. The cabin is pushed forwards to increase interior dimensions and enhance forward visibility, and the look of the prototype is at once reassuringly simple and strikingly advanced.
Of course, it’s the powertrain that’s going to be making headlines. A liquid-cooled 90 kWh battery pack will charge two 200-hp electric motors, with one placed at each axle to offer all-wheel drive reliability. Total output should come out at 400-hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque, enough to make 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds, and Jaguar are predicting a total range of 220 miles on a single charge.
Jaguar is Proud to Lead the Future of Driving
From Brooklyn to LA, the first luxury all-electric compact SUV to hit the road will be a Jaguar, and it should be followed by a wealth of alternatives as the manufacturer makes half of all models hybrid or electric by 2020. To find out more, just pay a visit to Jaguar Freeport – we’re only a quick drive from the center of Uniondale.