Jaguar Cold Weather Testing Upcoming I-PACE
Arjeplog, Sweden is the brutal, yet stunning Winter backdrop in which the all-electric Jaguar tests its merit.
Let’s preface this all by saying: We here at Jaguarforums, are big fans of the upcoming I-PACE. Ever since Jaguar gave us an exclusive sneak peak and up close access to one, we have been sold. It’s striking, handsome and downright jaw dropping when adorned in that gorgeous Photon Red color. The electric Jag is coming, and it’s going to be good.
That said, Jaguar invited prospective I-PACE customer, Tony Westerlund, to experience the forthcoming Jaguar SUV. We are guessing that this is not the test drive experience he was expecting. With temperatures dropping to a balmy -40°F, Sweden proved the perfect place for cold weather durability testing, and, crucially, snow testing for the all-wheel drive system. It was here in these Arctic conditions that Westerlund got to drive the I-PACE. Of course, a Jaguar engineer was riding shotgun to answer his questions as he tackled the powder. Through the multiple handling courses the I-PACE slid through the snow with aplomb. There is even some four-wheel drifting action involved.
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Jaguar has confirmed that the I-PACE will support DC Fast Charging. This means the electric batteries can go from zero to 80 percent charged in approximately 45 minutes with a 100 kW charger. Range anxiety will truly become a worry of the past. Additionally, while plugged into power, customers will be able to prepare the car’s battery and cabin temperature ahead of a journey without tapping into the battery’s range. This “pre-conditioning” of the car ensures maximum range, performance and comfort whether temperatures are freezing cold or extremely hot. Setting up preferred charging times and pre-conditioning schedules can be done from either the on-board Jaguar InControl system, or the Jaguar InControl Remote smartphone app. Sounds pretty slick to us.
Jaguar will be officially revealing I-PACE via live broadcast on March 1, 2018 at 1:00PM ET, just days ahead of Motor Show Debut at Geneva on March 6. Keep your eyes on www.jaguarusa.com on the 1st for that broadcast.