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The Jaguar I Pace is the company's first production electric SUV

The good news here is that, according to Jaguar, the I-PACE's 90kWh lithium-ion battery, stashed between the axles in 432 "pouch" cells, is capable of delivering up 298 miles of usable range - and will charge by 80 per cent after 45 minutes. The I-Pace will arrive in U.S. dealers by the end of 2018. Letting off the accelerator-don't call it a gas pedal-induces high-regenerative braking that can bring the vehicle to a halt in certain driving conditions like heavy traffic. Then again, the number of vehicles with this electric range is small and comparisons to EV's with less range wouldn't be too kind to the other guys.

British comedian and actor, Jack Whitehall, self-proclaimed EV enthusiast and TV presenter Jonny Smith and American tech guru iJustine, hosted a special live show as the first I-PACE rolled off the production line in Plant Graz, Austria, one of the world's most advanced EV production facilities, where the auto will be built. A single-speed transmission shuttles power to the ground.

The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible with a seal between the housing and the underfloor. An air suspension is standard equipment.

"We have torn up the rule book to create the newest member of the Pace family, the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace". Altogether, it allows the I-Pace to have the best 0-60 miles per hour time of 4.5 seconds.

Jaguar Canada is promising that the I-Pace will be in dealerships in the second half of 2018. Australian buyers can expect the I-Pace to be available in October.

If you've spent all of the juice in the I-Pace, charging it back up is a quick task.

The design of the Jaguar I-PACE is highlighted by aggressive lines through the entire exterior. The Model 3 is the least capacious with just 15 cubic feet of cargo space, but note that's a combined figure between its rear cargo area and its front trunk (aka frunk).

Structured as something between a station wagon and sport utility vehicle, the I-Pace wheel base is 2.99 metres, and its length is 4.68 metres.

The technology is not just skin deep, Smart Settings use artificial intelligence algorithms to tailor I-PACE to the individual driver. That's nearly exactly the same overall length of the Jaguar XE sedan but with a wheelbase that's half a foot longer. Another practical benefit of the EV design is increased interior space, which Jaguar promises will be sufficient for five adults, and the cabin also looks thoroughly modern and high tech with Jaguar-Land Rover's latest dual-screen infotainment system first introduced on the Velar. The top unit is used for navigation and audio functions, while the lower handles climate and convenience features.

With styling inspired by the aerodynamic C-X75 supercar concept, the I-Pace is actually very close in terms of design to the previewing concept, all in the name of reducing drag - the coefficient is of 0.29Cd and customers will be getting even the curved rear window.

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