Jaguar to stop production of I-Pace due to battery shortage

Jaguar I-Pace production to pause for a week

Jaguar is pausing production of its all-electric I-Pace SUV at its Graz plant in Austria from 17 February. The stoppage will last a week.

This follows the announcement that JLR will be slowing or pausing car production at its West Midlands facilities, between now and the end of March.

Recent car production issues have been blamed on the spread of the coronavirus virus. However, the stopping of I-Pace production isn’t included in that. Nor is slow sales, as with the West Midlands stoppages. Instead, battery supply issues from LG Chem are to blame. Though the company does have facilities very close to the epicentre of the virus’s outbreak, it’s the Polish Wroclaw facility that’s the issue in this instance.

Jaguar I-Pace production to pause for a week

’“Jaguar Land Rover has adjusted production schedules of the Jaguar I-Pace in Graz due to temporary supplier scheduling issues,” a JLR spokesperson told The Drive. 

”We are working with the supplier to resolve this and minimise impact on customer orders.”

In fact, the slowdown of battery production is affecting multiple carmakers. Audi and Mercedes join Jaguar in depending on the Wroclaw factory for batteries used in the E-Tron and EQC. This is a taste of the widespread issue with battery supply that some cite as a major hurdle in the mainstream adoption of EVs. 

Jaguar I-Pace production to pause for a week

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Production can only be limited given current production capacity. Manufacturers have both looked to suppliers like LG Chem and Panasonic, and built their own facilities, in an attempt to get more mainstream EV production off the ground. While progress has been made, there’s still a way to go.

At the moment, demand is more or less in tune with supply. Jaguar sold around 18,000 units of its I-Pace last year. It made up 16 percent of the marque’s overall European sales, but nevertheless, the slowdown in production shouldn’t break too many hearts, given there isn’t exactly a queue out the door at Jaguar dealers.

Jaguar I-Pace

NHS signs deal for 700 Jaguar I-Pace electric cars

Jaguar I-Pace

NHS public sector staff from more than 200 organisations across the country are set to enjoy access to a fleet of 700 Jaguar I-Pace electric cars.

Described as an ‘unprecedented’ deal, the huge win for Jaguar sees the reigning World Car of the Year become part of the NHS Fleet Solutions scheme.

National Health Service workers will be able to sign up for an I-Pace via a salary sacrifice scheme: the fleet will become available from April 2020.

Sir James Mackey is chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare, the organisation that’s signed the new deal with Jaguar Land Rover.

“We are delighted to be working with Jaguar Land Rover UK,” he said. “This is a great deal for NHS and public sector staff and delivers genuine benefit to our patients.

Jaguar I-Pace

“To have a fleet of cars that are fully electric demonstrates our on-going commitment to making decisions that reduce our impact on the environment and help us become greener.”

The zero-emissions I-Pace will become part of the NHS ambition to reduce its carbon footprint.

Jaguar I-Pace

Claire Watson-Brown from JLR said the company was “very proud to provide NHS and public sector staff with this fleet of Jaguar I-Paces”.

The multi-award-winning SUV “demonstrates our latest electric vehicle technology, developed here in the UK to deliver clean, sustainable and efficient transport”.

Leases on the NHS Fleet Solutions cars will run for three years.

The salary sacrifice scheme has itself run for 15 years and has more than 21,000 cars in public sector employees’ hands.

Jaguar I-Pace in Belgium

Electric cars to make UK diplomats ‘greenest in the world’

Jaguar I-Pace

The UK Foreign Office has announced plans to switch diplomats into all-electric or hybrid cars as part of a drive to make it the “greenest diplomatic service in the world”. 

Diplomats all around the world will quickly start switching to low- or zero-emission cars, with the global fleet becoming all-electric by 2030. 

UK embassies in Oslo and Holy See have already replaced their cars. 30 other UK posts have cars on order and will receive their new green motors by April 2020. 

Jaguar I-Pace in Belgium

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace is going to feature heavily in the Foreign Office green fleet plans. 

All embassies will also have fast-chargers installed. 

Jaguar I-Pace

“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time,” said Foreign Office permanent under-secretary Sir Simon McDonald. 

“Our fleet of flag cars is a high-profile tool for demonstrating the UK’s international leadership on climate change diplomacy. 

Jaguar I-Pace on Euro Tunnel

“I want us to be the greenest diplomatic service in the world. Shifting our vehicles away from petrol to all-electric will help us achieve this.” 

The Foreign Office also plans to extend the use of solar energy on its buildings, and eliminate single-use plastics across all global posts. 

Jaguar I-Pace gets FREE electric range boost thanks to racing

Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY Software Update

Jaguar has used learning from the racetrack to give the all-electric I-Pace a 12.5-mile real-world range improvement – for FREE.

All existing I-Pace owners can benefit from the free electric range improvement by visiting their local Jaguar dealer.

The update also adds on ‘software-over-the-air’ functionality, similar to the technology used by Tesla. This allows Jaguar to remotely send software improvements, so owners don’t have to visit dealers for future updates.

Racing improves the breed

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy

The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy was introduced in 2018. Supporting Formula E, identical I-Paces compete in the world’s first production-based all-electric race series.

Jaguar joined the series to learn from extreme use conditions and the first findings are being used to improve the range of road-going I-Pace.

The updates see the all-wheel drive system work more efficiently, while the active radiator vanes will close more frequently to boost aerodynamic efficiency.

Jaguar will also run the battery in a lower state of charge than before, eking out more miles per charge, without harming durability or performance.

Jaguar I-Pace

Stephen Boulter, I-Pace vehicle engineering manager, said: “The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy has generated a huge amount of data for us to analyse and those marginal gains, derived from competition on the track, are now being applied to customers’ cars to further enhance their driving experience.” 

Other updates include tweaks to the regenerative braking. More energy is recovered at lower speed, and energy recuperation is now more efficient when the battery is fully charged.

Jaguar has even upgraded the predicted range display on the dashboard. This is more accurate and consistent, and better reflects an individual driving style.

“The new software updates optimise the powertrain control systems to improve efficiency and allow I-Pace drivers to travel even further on a single charge without any hardware changes,” added Boulter.

“It really is a case of the vehicle getting better with age.”

Jaguar I-Pace recharging

The I-Pace’s 90 kWh battery still gives a maximum 292-mile WLTP-rated range, along with 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. The official range figure is unchanged; it’s the real-world range that gets the 12.5-mile boost.

Jaguar says it will charge in around 10 hours using a 7kW home wall box, or just 40 minutes using a high-power 100kW rapid charger.

The updated Jaguar I-Pace range is now on sale, with prices from £60,995.