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Jaguar expected to launch I-Pace in Singapore in early 2019


IN a way, electric vehicles (EVs) are like buses: you wait ages for one, and suddenly a whole bunch comes along. As Tesla joins BMW in giving EV fans (albeit well-heeled ones) a way to give up fossil fuels, they could be joined by an offering from Britain's Jaguar in early 2019.

The I-Pace is a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that Jag designed from the ground up as an electric car. It has one electric motor at each axle, with a battery pack placed between them. The arrangement is a space efficient one, said Jaguar, making the I-Pace as roomy inside as a large SUV.

Jaguar said that with 400 hp from the motors, the I-Pace will drive like a sports car. It accelerates to 100 kmh in less than five seconds, and its weight is evenly distributed between the front and rear axles to give the car neutral handling. A single charge should take it past 470 km - more than enough to drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

In Britain, where the I-Pace is already available to order, Jaguar guarantees that the battery pack will retain 70 per cent of its capacity for eight years or 160,000 km.

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Based on its selling price in the UK, the I-Pace could cost around S$400,000 here at today's Certificate Of Entitlement prices. EVs are futuristic and exciting to drive, but for now they do not come cheap. That is one way where they are quite unlike the bus.