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I-Pace EV could be offered with a range of power outputs

I-Pace heralds new era of Jag EVs

Company boss commits to range of hybrids and EVs by 2021


alf of all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be offered with hybrid or electric powertrains within five years, company chief Ralf Speth has pledged. In the wake of the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace battery electric vehicle, which has been described by Jaguar design boss Ian Callum as being as significant as the E-Type, the

British manufacturer has committed to an ambitious programme of electrification. In addition to fully electric cars and a range of diesels and petrols, JLR is developing plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid powertrain options. The company showcased plug-in and mild hybrid versions of the Range Rover Evoque last year. However, one fuel type that

is unlikely to feature in JLR’s future plans is hydrogen (see sidebar). “We are shaping the future, developing our own approach to autonomy, connectivity and electrification to offer our customers more choice,” Speth said. Jaguar Land Rover has already begun laying the groundwork for its future powertrain plans. Last year it

announced it would be doubling the size of its advanced engineering and design centre in Whitley. The expanded facility will house highly skilled product development engineers and support the creation of high-tech, ultralow-emissions vehicles for customers around the world. JLR vehicle line director Ian Hoban told Autocar that the

I-Pace’s electric architecture had been future-proofed for other applications, suggesting it could also form the basis of future Land Rovers. “The technology is vastly scalable and transferable,” he said. “If you get the fundamentals right — stiffness, weight, centre of gravity, immediate torque — it will float the boat of any brand.” There is also the prospect


Driverless Ioniq uses existing Hyundai hardware

An autonomous Hyundai Ioniq concept has been revealed in LA featuring affordable technology that could appear on production models by the end of the decade. The autonomous hardware includes parts already in use on the production Ioniq for its driver assist systems. Hyundai USA product boss Mike O’Brien said: “We’re developing the tech in-house using lower computing power than most, as we want people to be able to afford it. Which is no different to the existing Hyundai ethos.””


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