Supplier Spotlight

Video Exclusives

Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

Megane R.S Video

The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

Click here/on image to watch video

As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 

Web Exclusives

« back to listing

Jaguar I-Pace: The knowledge

The first all-electric Jaguar production vehicle aims to blend 'supercar looks, sportscar performance, and SUV space', we find out what's beneath the surface


Jaguar has unveiled its first-ever all-electric vehicle; the I-PACE Concept car. Said to symbolise the start of a new era for Jaguar the car is a production preview of the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be revealed next year and on the road in 2018.

The car takes advantage of its bespoke electric architecture to apparently have 'supercar looks, sportscar performance, and SUV space'.

"The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of electric vehicle design," explained Ian Callum, director of design. "It’s a dramatic, future-facing cab-forward design with a beautiful interior – the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship."

Beneath the skin of the I-PACE are 'state-of-the-art' electric motors, paired to a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack that were both designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover. JLR states that for rapid charging, using a typical public 50 KW DC charging network, a full charge will take just over 2 hours. Enough to deliver more than 220 miles range (measured on the US EPA test cycle) or more than 500 km range (measured on the European NEDC test cycle).

Charging is easy and quick, with 80% charge achieved in 90 minutes and 100% in just over two hours using 50kW DC charging.

"Electric vehicles are inevitable – Jaguar will make them desirable. Zero emission cars are here to stay and the I-PACE Concept is at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle revolution," added Ian Hoban, vehicle line director, Jaguar Land Rover. "As the charging infrastructure continues to develop globally – and with enough range to mean most people would only need to charge once a week – cars like the I-PACE Concept will make drivers appreciate that an EV can be rewarding and practical enough to drive every day."

Energy storage in the I-PACE Concept is a liquid-cooled 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery’s housing is lightweight aluminium and forms an integral part of the I-PACE Concept’s body structure. The battery uses pouch cells, which JLR states were selected for 'their energy density, superior thermal performance due to lower internal resistance, and because of the design freedom they afford'.

Unlike some competing cell formats, pouch cells also offer excellent future development potential, especially in terms of energy density – this will enable greater range for a given size of battery, or will deliver similar range to today but from a smaller, lighter pack.

The pack is liquid-cooled using a dedicated two-mode cooling circuit. In moderate ambient temperatures the battery improves efficiency by relying only on a radiator to remove the heat generated by the cells. At higher temperatures a chiller linked to the vehicle’s main air conditioning system provides greater cooling capacity to keep the battery in optimum condition.

Energy efficiency is further enhanced by integrating a heat pump into the climate control system. The use of a heat pumpover a conventional system has resulted in an increase the I-PACE Concept’s range by up to 50km; even in freezing winter conditions.

Despite the substantial range and emissions-free motoring offered by the I-PACE Concept, JLR is also keen to promote the driving experience also offered. The I-PACE has electric motors operating on both the front and rear axles. The combined output is 400PS and 700Nm of torque – the same torque rating as the F-TYPE SVR giving the all-electric SUV-sized car a predicted 0-100kph time of around four seconds.


16 November 2016


Your email address:

Read Latest Issue

International Engine of the Year Awards
Read Latest Issue
Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusive Articles

Audi pursues e-fuels strategy with testing of new e-benzin fuel technology
Audi continues to pursue its e-fuels strategy with the testing of its e-gasoline ‘e-benzin’.
Read Now

Siemens on the future of the EV battery industry
With a holistic approach to battery development, Siemens discusses the production solutions available to OEMs as the electric vehicle industry becomes increasingly demanding
Read Now

WMG details sensor technology that could enable five times faster charging
Research led by Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick in the UK has produced new sensor technology that could enable five times faster charging for commercial EV batteries.
Read Now

Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightClick here for listings and information on leading suppliers covering all aspects of the engine technology industry. Want to see your company included? Contact for more details.

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the engine technology community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email