Set to debut at the Geneva motor show, Jaguar has chose to demonstrate the I-Pace's ability to deal with the arctic conditions of nations like Sweden, with temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius in the region. The vehicles were evaluated at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) and special attention was given to the capabilities of the all-wheel-drive system.
Near-production prototypes of the zero-emissions crossover had to undergo rigorous cold weather testing near Jaguar Land Rover's facility located in Arjeplog, Sweden. This ensures better range, performance, and comfort than if the battery had just been sitting out in the cold for hours.
Winter-weather besting is particularly important for battery-electric vehicles because cold temperatures can substantially limit the battery's ability to deliver power. Batteries in particular aren't a fan of being cooled down: it can have a significant impact on overall range, indeed.
Excited about the upcoming launch of the Jaguar I-PACE yet? What we do know now, however, is how long that battery will take to charge. The company also said the I-Pace will be able to get an 80 percent charge from a DC fast charger in just 45 minutes.
It's an impressively short time.
Unveiled as a concept late 2016 during the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Jaguar I-Pace is inching closer to its world debut as a production model. Last we'd heard, in numbers Jaguar was sharing previous year, the I-PACE would do zero to 80-percent in 90 minutes on a 50 kW DC fast charger. The electric SUV was spotted testing on many occasions.
This is not at fast as the Tesla Supercharger but will still offer a decent option for Jag drivers on the go.
Jaguar has announced it will reveal its first all-electric model, the I-PACE, in a live global broadcast at 19:00 CET on March 1 (05:00 AEDST March 2), when it will also go on sale.
Further details around pricing and specifications for our market will likely come around the Geneva show, and in the lead-up to the I-Pace's local launch.