Jaguar I-Pace Is Not Going to “Kill” Tesla
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is the first electric car with a long driving range that might be compared to a Tesla. But the British carmaker itself doesn’t consider it to be a “Tesla Killer” as some people call this car.
Is it the killer or not? This is a disputable matter.
According to JLR vice-president Stuart Schorr, the company’s purpose is to attract more shoppers day by day who will strive having a EV in their ownership. This high-end electric car is aimed to draw the customer’s attention towards electrification, rather than to rival with Tesla.
Some people, while choosing an electric car, will fix on a Tesla vehicle. But other might wish to use something different, and the I-Pace could be a good alternative with its bright design and the brand’s reputation.
…The point is not to kill anything but to contribute to the electric car movement. And Jaguar is on board.
His words echo with the opinion of Dr. Ziebart, Jaguar’s technical design director, who previously served at Infineon (supplier of chips for battery control) and BMW. He believes that cars like the Tesla Model S and emerging luxury EVs from German manufacturers have some advantages not limited with zero emissions and sustainability. It is about a driving fun, long service intervals and not-to-go to the gas station.
To his mind, electric vehicles are more comfortable and smoother, with endless power, and ICEs are “a step backward.” First created as eco-friendly city cars for stop-and-go driving, EVs have become then high-performance luxury automobiles, thanks to Tesla and others. The torque of an electric motor is better controlled than that of a combustion engine.
The I-Pace is tuned for smoothness rather than acceleration. The company’s engineers softened the acceleration instead of making it sharper. Even in a current mild form the 400-hp I-Pace gathers speed from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. In future Jaguar may speed up the accelerator response.