June 04, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Jaguar I-Pace S EV400 AWD

The Premium Electric Standard Reestablished

Our EV industry is finally getting proper traction with the passage of another industry and consumer supporting Philippine Senate Bill No. 1382, or the Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act authored by Senator Win Gatchalian and other members of the Senate. In a nutshell, the bill is aimed to reduce the reliance on imported fossil fuels and to promote sustainable technologies for both private and public transports sectors. The bill includes the Comprehensive Roadmap on Electric Vehicles (CREV) which is an annual work plan to accelerate the electrification of the transportation sector in four components: (1) electric vehicles and charging stations, (2) manufacturing, (3) research and development, and (4) human resource development. All of which will be incorporated in the Philippine Energy Plan and the National Transport Policy.

The Department of Energy (DOE) takes the lead in promoting EVs and the development of charging stations with them help from several other government agencies involved in the implementation. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is tasked to streamline rules and requirements in regulating rates. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has also been entrusted as the primary agency to develop the EV and charging station component of CREV. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is assigned to develop EV demand generation, along with the regulation, registration, and franchising of EVs. Local Government Units are the ones responsible in identifying green routes in their respective Local Public Transport Route Plans consistent with the National Transport Policy. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) serves as the consultant for the DOE, DTI, DOTr, and other public and private stakeholders to make sure proper guidelines are implemented. Lastly, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is in-charge of charging stations and other EV infrastructure.

It has been a heavily laborious process with many participants involved from the automotive industry to the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP) that unfortunately yields incremental results but it is still another layer of forward direction. It is our hope that the government further generates tangible incentives to end-users by reducing the taxes levied on EV’s to make them more affordable to purchase. Despite the high cost of our electric energy in the Philippines, it is still more affordable and vastly more environmentally friendly to transition to electrified mobility.

Which leads me to my domestic test of the sensational 2021 Jaguar I-Pace S EV400 AWD. We absolutely loved every second in our first 2019 test HSE unit in North America that also came with a panoramic roof. It was the Jaguar I-Pace that set the standard for me for how a full-scale premium production brand should execute a fully electric vehicle. Tesla’s are great performers but their fit and finish and overall build quality are still not on par with the big manufacturers. I am very thankful though to Elon Musk, as Tesla is the fundamental catalyst that helped force the industry toward an electrified and cleaner world.  Most car manufacturers may have alternative opinions about his influence but the results are profoundly real, especially for the common man and the general consumer. With Musk’s SpaceX, SolarCity, and Tesla, he is determined to reduce global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption while setting his goals toward space exploration.

The Jaguar I-Pace is the very best fully electric vehicle that you can buy in the Philippine market. The I-Pace is an aerodynamic luxurious four-door hatch with a .29 cd drag coefficient that still fondly reminds me of a Battlestar Galactica Cylon spaceship. Our first test unit had the attractive predominantly red vibrant cabin. The Philippine-spec unit has the more conservative vanilla-esque interior treatment with sport seats. You get all the benefits of electrified propulsion similar to the technology found in the I‑TYPE Formula E racing car combined with a design and driving behavior that we all can relate to with joy. The familiarity of the cabin with the rest of the updated Jaguar model range is obviously deliberate but the execution is at its best here with the 12.3-inch high-definition instrument Interactive Driver Display and Touch Pro Duo control screens (a 10.0-inch upper screen for the infotainment and vehicle controls, and a lower 5.5-inch display that primarily handles the cabin environment). The excellent standard 15-speaker 380-watt Meridian sound system supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration.


The Jaguar I-Pace uses an aluminum-intensive structure incorporating the battery pack on the floor and fully independent aluminum adaptive suspension (double wishbone up front with a multi-link setup at the rear), with adjustable ride height, at a long wheelbase of 117.7 inches to accommodate 5 adults comfortably with their baggage, but its best with 4. It is about the size of Jaguar’s own compact XE sedan. The low center of gravity gives the I-Pace an almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The I-Pace is also a proper mild off-roader that can actually be raised by 56 mm to a total of 241 mm while moving up to 50 km/h with the ability to wade through 500 mm of water. At legal speeds in excess of 105 km/h, the I-Pace ground clearance, which is 174 mm under normal operation, will drop 10 mm to further improve aerodynamics. To help maintain the calm interior, the I‑Pace uses acoustic laminated glass on the front windows and windshield. The sheer mass is felt but swiftly dispensed with from rest to each electric motor bank’s 12,000 rpm peak rotation speed. The rear cargo capacity is 716 liters, 1,453 liters with the rear seat folded, while the front cargo hold accommodates 27 liters of storage.

In the US, we were able to achieve 440 kilometers of road travel on a single full charge with its 90-kWh battery. It has two 197-hp permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors to manage both ends with genuine AWD ability. Top speed is unfortunately governed to 205 km/h, but that is not so important anymore as real-world driving performance figures are applied to relentless acceleration from rest. 0 to 100 km/h is consistently achievable in 4.6 seconds while 50 km/h to 80 km/h will take 1.6 seconds and 80 km/h to 120 km/h will take 2.4 seconds for drama-free passing on country roads.

With the old onboard 7kW charger, you would need almost 13 hours to charge it completely using a 240-volt, 32-amp wall charger. This updated model uses an 11-kW onboard charger which improves charge times with a reduction of at least 4 hours. If a DC Level 3 charger is used, the I-Pace will charge up to an 80% charge state in less than 45 minutes. With the new quicker charger and conservative driving behavior it would be possible to achieve a range of 470 kilometers. So, unless you routinely have to travel 200 kilometers from your home to the office every day, you have more than enough range to drive the I-Pace every single day from you home to the office or wherever you wish without range-anxiety as long as you charge it like you would treat your smartphone at night before you sleep. To help extend range further while driving in heavy traffic, the I-Pace has an additional mode for the occasion with more aggressive brake regeneration strategies. The new model also has Torque Vectoring, 360-degree camera system, active front vanes for optimal cooling and aerodynamics, and so much more.

While on the road the Jaguar I-Pace is actually not completely silent, unless you disable the function, which you can, synthetic sci-fi noises are piped in through the speakers, being a geek at heart, I liked it and kept it on. The regenerative brakes, 13.8-in vented discs up front with 12.8-in vented discs at the rear, were spot-on and work flawlessly. Even on large 20-inch alloys wrapped with 245/50R20 105V Good Year Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tires, the I-Pace was always enjoyable with a flat and compliant ride.

Without a doubt in my mind, the 2021 Jaguar I-Pace S EV400 AWD is the new standard for luxury electric vehicles. You will feel rewarded every second behind the cool steering wheel and get the feeling that you are driving something so special without compromises. The Jaguar I-Pace drives like a sophisticated, balanced and accomplished sports sedan with genuinely sharp driving dynamics.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Dual Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors each producing 197 hp & 256 lb-ft
Fuel Injector 90-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 394 hp @ 0-12,000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 512 lb-ft @ 0-12,000 rpm
Transmission 1-Speed Direct Drive

Performance

Top Speed 205 km/h (128 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 4.6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) MPGe 80 City / 72 Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 7,590,000.00
What's Great Unique, hugely entertaining, very desirable with impressive athleticism, ultra-sophisticated and luxurious, a proper Jaguar that attacks in silence
What's Not So Price
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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