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The Jaguar I-Pace looks pretty good stacking up to the Tesla Model X. It even won a 0-60 race recently. However, there are three ways I feel it falls short. Sign up for these updates at
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On paper, the Jaguar I-Pace looks good, but there are three ways in which I have doubts:
1 – Storage
The Jaguar I-Pace (25.3 ft3) somehow has less storage room than a Tesla Model S (30ft3) and when compared to the Tesla Model X (66-88ft3) it’s not even close. For some, this will be a big deal, notably those with families or kids, but might not be a deal breaker for all.
2 – Weight
This might sound odd, but because the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the Jaguar I-Pace is less than 6,000lb it doesn’t qualify for this special tax exemption in the US. This tax rule lets businesses, including freelancers etc. to deduct 100% of the vehicles depreciation in the first year. If you compare the two vehicles from a base price, and subtract 32% tax deduction on these vehicles, it completely flips the results around.
3 – Charging
In the future, the Jaguar I-Pace will support 100kW DC Fast Charging. Right now it only supports half of this at 50kW. This means that to top up 80% on your trip you only need to wait 85min. Just enough time to binge watch some Teslanomcis videos ?
Contrast this charging time with the Tesla Supercharger network and it’s obvious that if you ever go on longer trips the Tesla Model X is the winner.
It’s not ALL bad though…
For many, the business tax deduction won’t apply so the lower price will be a better deal overall. The performance of the I-Pace is also impressive. With a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds it beats the base Model X by nearly half a second, however, doesn’t touch the P100D time of 2.9 seconds.
Overall I am excited to see legitimate contenders to the dominant force that has been Tesla in the EV market. Companies like Jaguar have strong reputations and fans that have loved them for years. With car makers like them and others embracing the EV movement we’re likely to see better competition and in the end, a better result for consumers.
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// What is the Jaguar I-Pace
The I-Pace is designed by Ian Callum. The concept version of the car, described as a five-seater sports car, was unveiled by JLR at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show and shown on-road in London in March 2017. and series production is handled by Magna Steyr in Austria. The production version of the I-PACE was revealed in Graz on 1 March 2018.
Some of the electric drive technology comes out of the Jaguar I-Type Formula E program, and the concentric motors were developed by JLR engineer Dr. Alex Michaelides.
// Jaguar I-Pace Range
One full charge provides a range of 240 miles.
// Jaguar I-Pace Performance
Instant torque and All Wheel Drive traction gives the I‑PACE the acceleration of a sports car. It reaches 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.3
// Jaguar I-Pace Battery
The 90 kWh battery of the I‑PACE is made up of high-energy density, lithium-ion pouch cells. Its design and state-of-the-art thermal management system support longevity and periods of sustained maximum power.
// Jaguar I-Pace Power
The I‑PACE is propelled by two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors. Similar to the technology found in the I‑TYPE Formula E racing car, these motors generate 394 HP and 512 Lb-Ft of torque.
// Jaguar I-Pace Dimensions
The I‑PACE has a compact footprint from the outside but exceptional space within. There are five full seats, innovative storage, a substantial rear cargo space of over 25.3 cubic feet and 0.95 cubic feet in the front storage compartment.
// Jaguar I-Pace Charging
With a 50 kW DC rapid charger — the kind found at most public charging stations — the I-PACE can achieve a 0-80% charge in 85 minutes.*
*Note: Actual charge times may vary according to environmental conditions and available charging installation.