Jaguar I-PACE – British Racing Green?
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Jaguar I-PACE – British Racing Green?

October 26, 2019

Hello and welcome to Drivegreen TV the channel about EVs, green transition, research and new trends. Today we are testing a true luxury EV, the most expensive we have tested so far; the Jaguar I-PACE. We are going to take it for a long drive to find out whether it can live up to its proud heritage, the Jaguar family name and the honor of being Car of the Year in Europe 2019. Today we also take to the seas as we board the vessel Ellen, the longest range electric ferry in the world. It does 22,5 kms between the islands Als and Aeroe with the cargo space filled with people and cars. We are going to have a chat with Henrik Hagbarth Mikkelsen from Marstal School af Navigation about the ferry and the future of electric seafaring. And since we are driving a soulful English sports car today we are also going to examine the relationship between people and cars. Whey do we form bonds with certain cars? In a way that almost makes it feel as if the car has a soul? We’ll be talking to a priest about that. You heard that right, so stick around. And don’t forget to press the subscribe button somewhere below us to let us keep you updated with interesting car tests, talks with clever scientists and other interesting people. And now let’s get started!
Yeah! Great Britain has fathered many wonderful things over the years: the World’s best music, the World’s best football, the World’s darkest humor and of course the World’s stiffest upper lips. But there has also – beyond any doubt – been some really horrible f*ck ups over the last years. Now arch-English Jaguar is putting all its chips on building an electric car to take on the most expensive Teslas. The question is whether they’ve created a timeless classic or something that will make our toes curdle inside the shoes? And here we are, The Jaguar I-PACE is a luxury EV with an official range of 400 kms. The batteries are made by LG in Korea, but all the controls and energy management has been developed by Jaguar-Land rover themselves. This also goes for the electric motors that draw on experiences from Jaguar’s own Formula E programme. The car has two electric motors; on on the front axle and one on the rear axle. The combined output is equivalent of 395 wild bHp And a torque of 700 Newton meters. That’s slightly more than the Lamborghini Aventador. It accelerates from nought to 60 Mph in 4,8 seconds but it’s a hungry feline. On average it uses 223 Watt hours to drive one kilometer. The starting price for the cheaptes version without any fancy extras is nearly 680.000 DKK. The car in this test has extras worth 120.000 DKK bringing the total price up to nearly 800.000 DKK. There are a few special things about the way this car was designed. Jaguar has a proud tradition of manufacturing racing cars and they are very strong within what is known as Formula E. Together with the Williams Formula One team, some years ago they made a super car called the CX 75. Some of the design elements have been echoed in the I-PACE. Including this, which is a sort of front spoiler where the airstream glides in her and out up here – you can actually see right through it – the air comes in this way and helps creat downforce. Just like a Tesla this Jaguar has a frunk – a front trunk – a small space here. This is actually a neat place to keep you cables as we have talked about before; keeping charging cables in a room below the trunk below all your bags of spagnum as you pointed out, isn’t very handy if you want to store something in the car overnight and also want to charge it. There’s room for 26 liters. Ample space for a cable or two. There is also a trunk in the rear with 626 liters of room. That’s not bad at all. All because the battery pack is stored way down below. Seats can be folded, obviously. This gives a total of nearly 1500 liters of storage space. If you need more room than that, you can actually get a trailer hook fitted also. This one hasn’t, though. If you need to bring your bike along, Jaguar has made a bike rack that you can click on. I think it fits down here somehow. But this means that you can mount a bike carrier without the hassle of getting a trailer hook installed. The trailer hook can tow 750 kgs, so that’s a trailer. But what do you think, Ole? You want to take it for a drive? Yes, I really do.
– Right, then! Let’s get going then.
– I’m so glad you asked… This is my ‘first drive’ adventure in a Jaguar, first of all, but also in the I-PACE. Ok, so how do you feel? What are your thoughts? I’m feeling very comfortable. This car has got som will power when you press something, things start happening, and when you file with buttons it makes nice sounds and they are nice to touch. Ot feels like quality in the same way – perhaps even more – than what I felt in the BMW i3. These guys are used to making luxury cars. And they’ve kept on doing that. Yes, they’ve done that here as well. I have to agree. Unlike the BMW this one hasn’t been made from recycled materials, though. No, they’ve really gone to town. They’ve must have murdered a bunch of cows to get this car upholstered. Part of my first drive experience is also that I’m speeding like a madman without noticing. I’m so sorry about that. I’m usually not like that at all. But this car is so eager to run. Yes, it’s frisky. And the Jaguar I-PACE can obviously be equipped with all kinds of modern safety gear. Including a HUD display that projects speed, navigation and other information onto the windscreen in front of the driver. There might be a bit of frequency interference on the video but never mind that. Here it’s projected up onto the windscreen and not on a piece of plastic. The plastic bit worked fine on the KIA, but this is a bit more elegant.
– I’ll give you that, yes. But it’s the same effect. It worked well in the KIA and it works well here. It just looks cooler which it should, this being so expensive. Yes, the HUD is also an extra, an optional extra that will set you back something like 5-6.000 DKK. That seems fair. It’s a fair price and if I was on the market for this kind of a car, if I had that much money, I would probably tick that box also. An all-round cool cabin. Let’s take a look at the steering wheel with the jaguar in the middle, obviously a nice leather steering wheel. And this central display is just… first of all it’s very wide and works really well. You can adjust anything here. You can have a giant map and down here a smaller
– Another screen? Yes, another screen where you can control all kinds of stuff. Look, you can control your telephone and the heated seats. And then there are these – these climate controllers. It’s not just buttons. It you push it, you get a different function. That’s a screen, too. One, two, three, four, five little screens delivering beautifully designed information. And the HUD. There’s that too, yes. Look, now my telephone is being shown in this display. And what’s that behind it? A photograph of a red, English phone booth somewhere in the Scottish highlands as a background image. That is well-thought out design. It is, but it also says something about what the brits call heritage – we are driving in a brand that is very conscious of itself. And what is has to live up too. And keeps its standard flying high.
– You can say that a again. I’m very fond of England. I’m a bit of an anglophile. I’ve spent large portions of my childhood memorizing Monty Python by heart, so much it’s almost embarrassing, I love british rock music. But there’s also… England is so cool, but sometimes you stumble on things that are just completely off the mark that makes you go ‘oh…’ And I’ve found such a thing in this very car. I mean, we’re looking at the remains of a field of cows that have donated their skins for this and a super nice quality and there’s this. It might be plastic, but it looks exquisite and the finish is superb. Yes. Up here where you store your sunglasses it looks like it was made of cardboard. Right. I’m being very pedantic now, I know.
Yeah, but it’s true. This would break easily. It’s so flimsy. Yes, and it’s not making a pleasant noise like everything else in here does. Exactly. They’ve no doubt spent a lot of energy on how this car should sound. Try activating the turn signal. Yes, that’s the good, old classic sound of an electric signal switch. That’s cool. It’s not that there’s an actual electric switch in there. It just has to sound like there is. Now I’m actually noticing that this lane assist isn’t very comfortable. It is quite expressive in its assistance. You get startled as it pulls the wheel. I want to turn it off and try to be on my toes instead. We’ve driven a lot of Tesla and KIAs where this worked at treat. This feels more as if it goes ‘Oh my God, what’s happening?!’ and the jerks the wheel. You can turn it off, though. You can keep the lane assist function but it just gives you a warning sound, and doesn’t try to take over the wheel. Right. Okay. That might be better. We’ve been on the motorway so far, how do you like the handling of the car? How does it feel to you? Well, as you said, we’ve only really been on the motorway and the car feels like a fantastic cruiser a long range vehicle. I feel like maybe just popping down to Amsterdam to lunch, perhaps. But not today, though. Alas. I wouldn’t mind. Wow, it’s so nice. So pleasant. And as we drool on about the Jaguar niceties we set the course for the South Funen Seas. Here we are going to look a ferries, electric ferries that is. More precisely this fine vessel. A couple of months ago there was a new World record for electric ferry range without carrying a a diesel engine as back up. The World’s longest range electric ferry sails in Denmark between the islands of Als and Ærø. Here we are on Ellen. It’s called that because the ole ferry in Søby was also called Ellen, and it’s a great name for an electric ferry. This is actually the first electric ferry ever that is allowed to sail without an emergency diesel engine. And we carry the World’s largest maritime battery pack below. It’s at 4300 kWh. Equivalent to something like 50 big EVs. We can charge them in about an hour. If they were completely flat, our plug is large enough to charge them fully in an hour. But we don’t do that, we don’t use all their power. We need to keep reserves, we need to be able to extinguish a fire, we need to be able to sail back, if there’s been a rescue operation, so we typically use half the battery capacity on a return trip. We can pull around 1500 kWh That’s something like 2000 bHp. We could pul much, much more. Up to 8000 if we wanted to but that would kill the engines. Having a battery package – just like in an EV gives an immediate power which is nice for the captain if he’s maneuvering in narrow spaces with heavy gusts of wind they, he finds that it reacts like an EV; much faster. So it’s very different to steer?
– Yes, it is. It takes som getting used to so we’ve had to set up some simulator courses at the navigation school in Marstal that they could practice on. But this is different. Now were sailing for real at last and this is very different. We are currently doing 12, almost 13 knots this means that we make the passage a lot faster than with the old ferry. The energy efficiency in batteries is so high. We lose very little to heat whereas a diesel ferry loses almost all the energy to heat we lose practically no energy here. We can’t prove it yet because it’s still too early, but we hop to reach 83-85 per cent efficiency. So we let out almost no heat. So little in fact, that during the winter we have to have a heat pump below here running on batteries, producing heat to keep passengers warm in the salon. How you estimated the CO2 savings? In a year we’ll be saving around 2000 tonnes of CO2. If we don’t use any power plant electricity, but are powered by electricity from wind turbines. The municipality has opted to buy turbine power from certificates so this means that it is in every nook and cranny a green project here at Ærø. But this is also for learning, right? Well, from the beginning it sounded fairly simple to put some car batteries in a ferry and then start sailing with them, and as I said the energy needed is easy to predict, but getting them approved according to maritime classifications has been quite a task. Even the tests have been ruthless. We’e burnt a lot of batteries on purpose just to make sure that a chain reaction in these 26.800 batteries, a chain reaction should stop within a 32 cell block, within one module. We have fire extinguishing, cooling systems, four or five different systems that activate at different times and breaks the chain of fire to make sure that we can get ashore safely and we actually changed from air-cooled that some EVs use – to water cooling so now we have water cooled batteries. This means that we can charge faster and use them harder and make them live longer. We hope for a ten year lifetime. When we reach 80 per cent of the original capacity – just like in an electric car – it’s not so groovy anymore. The range start getting shorter. We suspect that in ten years’ time. By then we’ll change them but expect to sell the used batteries. Either to solar people who need a power bank in the basement or maybe a larger entrepreneur who wants to build a grid system. they could easily use the old cells if they are down to 80 per cent. How do you see the future for electric seafaring? This project in itself has pushed the limits enormously. We sail seven times longer than any other electric vehicle carrying ferries in then world. We do it efficiently with a relatively large ferry. This has raised a few eyebrows. In the near future, within short-range seafaring – that’s regional routes between countries – electricity may well be an interesting perspective – also purely electric sailing. But if we look at ocean crossings we have to look at hybrid solutions and see what innovations the future brings. Oh, gosh… It’s so beautiful. Look at those rolling hills. These roads… It’s really picturesque here. And the car feels nice on these roads. You’re sitting up quite high, with an excellent view, and we’re not going fast, we don’t have to, but it just tucks down. Yes, how is it taking these twists and turns? Well, even if give a little more torque than usual through a bend, the permanent 4×4 simply bites down on the road. We’ve got this big, heavy battery pack deep down in the belly of the car. I have to ask you, as I still feel like I’m on my first drive here, and this is practically my first day with this car. You’ve had it for at bit longer and it feels like you two have become entwined in a way. Is that at reasonable statement to make? Well, perhaps a little. You get that… I haven’t done much horse riding in my life. In fact, I don’t like riding horses. I really don’t know where this conversation is headed? That thing about feeling like a, erm… Mazda, right? No, no. This is getting very weird.
– Mazda made their mx-5. The World’s best selling sports car ever from the idea that it should feel like riding a horse. There’s a particular Japanese expression that I’ve forgotten. You could be led to believe that Jaguar has done the same, but substituted the feeling to that of riding a jaguar. And what is it that does that trick? It’s the enormous surplus of power. Right. It’s electronically limited to 200 kms/h but that is not important. I’m never gonna do 200 kms/h. I’ve never done 200 kms/h in a car. I never will. It’s more that feeling of… just press down on the throttle and rrrrouw! Off you swish.
– Yes. And it’s not doing it in any… If you’re driving – I’m going to say something a little provocative now – if you’re driving a Porsche, right? It kinda makes you drive like an idiot. It brings out the worst in people. It so large and brubbrubrubrub whereas the Jaguar is much more refined. And I know that it’s all in here. It’s got nothing to do with horsepower. It’s got something to do with that one. Oh…? The cat, you mean?
– It’s the cat. It’s different. Jaguar is just different.
– Right. I think we should consider comparing the joy of driving this with the legendary driving joy of one of the most iconic Jaguars ever, the Jaguar E-Type. 1966. Six cylinder straight engine. That we are suddenly in right now. It’s a very different driving experience than we had a minute ago on Ærø. My first thought is: Wow, you’ve really got to work in this one. It’s not handing you any favors. You have to jump on the break in a way I’ve never experienced before. And how do you feel inside as you’re driving this car? Well, at first I was completely terrified, it represents a certain value for the owner, you have to say. But as I’ve gradually gotten the hang of it I’m smiling very broadly. Particularly when we take it round narrow bends and you have to lean a bit. So terror has been substituted by…? Great, great pleasure. It’s super nice. The seats are very comfortable. And you have to give it a little throttle between gear shifts and that sort of thing. Don’t clutch in too fast or it will feel ugly and make a funny noise. The pedals are so close together I’ve had to take off my shoes in order not to work the throttle and the brake simultaneously. And I like to keep things separate. But you say you’ve gotten to know it? In other words that this car has a personality? You can say that again! I think a car can have a soul. Depending on its history, the press its gotten over the years, the races its been in, the type of engine that’s been used, who designed it, the drama related to the marque. Yes, I definitely think so. Some brands of cars have a soul. Where is the soul in your car? In your Jaguar? Maybe in the design and in the noise it makes. There’s a very special sound coming when that six cylinder engine emits its noise through the exhaust system. It’s a such a nice, grumbling sound. And in the design as well. It was so radical. Why do we have that need to bestow a soul on things that really has no soul – like mechanical stuff? Well, obviously you get a relation to the car you own. I think there’s some nostalgia about it, too. It’s a way of hanging on to the old and the original in a time where everything happens so fast. Could a modern electric Jaguar have – or develop – a soul? I don’t really think so. When the new Jaguar F-Type was introduced, the idea – Jaguar’s way of marketing cars – is to keep history close by. And that’s great. It’s what makes the new Jaguar appealing, but I don’t think you can achieve the same because cars are manufactured in much larger numbers. And they are built by robots. You have to keep in mind these cars were built by human beings. Not two old Jaguars are the same even though they were mass produced. There’s something unique about the old cars that the new ones don’t get because they are fully automatic and produced. Thanks! Driving around these narrow roads I can’t help thinking about the fact that much os this technology was developed for Le Mans and for racing. It must have been quite a feat to control this vehicle for 24 hours. That’s bloody amazing. And I feel – I’m so thrilled to be able to try it – and you should too. You should try it, man.
– Yeah, shouldn’t I? Yes. I was just thinking whether I should give it a go. Holy moly… Exquisite! You tend to rev it like an old man. Right. Now it’s in second. You really have to concentrate and to hang on to the wheel. It’s so skinny. It feels like two pencils that have been glued together. Yes. This ie the E-Type 2+2. Oh yeah.
– So this means that the rear seats can slide back a bit.
– That’s right. Which makes this the obvious choice as the family long distance hauler. Yes, next stop Disneyland Paris. Yeah, ha, ha! But as Thomas said…
– Christ it’s hot! …said before; it’s the noise… Yes…. And the fact that the steering squeaks… It all adds up.
– It sure does. Oh… Sorry, Thomas. Is this great or what? It’s a really enchanting feeling once you get the hang of the car. Any comparison with the I-PACE is completely absurd. But you can at least say that it is the fault of this car that the I-PACE
– Exist? Yes, that it exists, but also that it leaves you with a different feeling than any other luxury car.
– Absolutely. The Jaguar I-PACE is an amazing car. A Jaguar for the present time. Our time. And we’ve even neglected to mention that there’s ample room in the back seat even for regular sized men. And that Jaguar has developed a neat app that allows you to keep an eye on the charging status, turn on the climate control and make the car flash the lights if you’ve lost your way in the parking area. The only rear where it fails to live up to the expectations is in terms of range. At the second episode in a row we’re close to running out of power. We’re approaching a charger, thank god. We think so.
– Hopefully, yes. ‘Turn left and then immediately turn right.’ That’s good because as you can see here, we’ve got a warning light on. We were expecting the range to be 405 kms. Mm hm. We’ve done 302 so far. And according to this we have 34 left. It’s easy to calculate that it makes only 336 and we’ve driven – we’ve been on the motorway, yes. But we’ve also been on regular roads. We haven’t been driving friskier than oe would do in a car like this. We’ve kept within the speed limits. So there’s reason to keep an eye on thye consumption. And be skeptical of the dials and meters.
– Yes. Shall we charge?
– Let’s. It’s about time. Cheers in – charger coffee, I guess we’ll have to name it. Right. The shadows are getting longer. But we made it. It was getting awfully close. Close again.
– Just like last time. That being said, though… Then… Then this was a heck of a nice car.
– It was. A really, really nice quality luxury EV. That was what we expected it to be and that was what it turned out to be on the road as well. It didn’t let us down. I have to say, I was pretty excited. I was when we drove the Tesla as well, the car that has been closest to this one in terms of performance. Tesla is the future. It’s new it’s spaceships and science fiction. Jaguar has that entire backlog of racing history and tradition that they somehow manage to include in this one. yes. You kind of get that this was Car of the Year in Europe, right? Yes. And that in itself is a cool statement to make; that a car for the select few can become car of the year, because it can be a sort fo role model and show the way forward.
– Yes. And I think it does a very long way. Don’t forget: down here in front of Ole’s thigh you can press a button out in the room, I mean well, on the screen… Out there. Press the button that says subscribe. This means that hopefully we’ll be seeing you again and again when we post new stuff. Please do, then you’re really nice. And whilst being nice. please take care. And drive carefully.
– Drive green! Bye!

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  1. Jeg synes at I-Pace er flot, men den er alt for dyr til min tegnebog, så jeg kommer højst til at eje en brugt én af slagsen om 4-5 år.
    Så i første omgang nøjes jeg med at nyde Youtube-tests af de forskellige elbiler.

  2. Der er ikke 626 liter plads, der er 505 liter i alt inkl. frunk. Det står i deres brochure at der er 505 liter i VDA mål inkl. frunk, 656 liter er simuleret med vand, som er en målestandard du ikke kan bruge til sammenligning, da vi bruger VDA standard til at måle med.

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