The final validation tests are the last remaining assessments to be completed before final sign-off; Jaguar took the opportunity to shoot a liveried car during the LA drives – one of more than 200 prototypes used during I-Pace testing.
Jaguar’s happy to reveal one of the tests successfully completed, too: a 200-mile drive from Sunset Boulevard, LA, to Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo. Apparently this was in response to one potential customer who asked whether the I-Pace would have enough range to complete the California West Coast drive.
“After 1.5 million global test miles,” said Jaguar vehicle line director Ian Hoban, “the I-Pace is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge.”
He also teased the new I-Pace’s fast-charge capabilities: “Our target is a zero to 80 percent charge being achievable in a coffee break.” This could place it on a par with Tesla, whose Superchargers will charge a car to 80 percent full in 40 minutes.
Already, Jaguar says “thousands” of potential customers have pressed the “I want one” button on the I-Pace portal; many of them have simply registered their keen interest, but some have gone further and actually placed a deposit. This will guarantee “they will be at the front of the queue when order books officially open in March,” says Jaguar.
Full specifications will also be revealed in March – including the all-important question of total driving range. A Tesla Model S does at least 304 miles in base £58,200 75D guise in the UK: how will the new Jag EV compare?