Jaguar's I-PACE EV has a Tesla-rivaling charge rate

Jaguar I-Pace debut confirmed for March 1, completes winter tests (video)

One new feature of the auto which has been confirmed ahead of its March 1st launch is its rapid-charging capability.

The Jaguar I-Pace has been engineered without compromise to deliver a brilliant package, long-distance range, fast charging times and exhilarating performance. It'll also take centre stage at the Geneva Motorshow on March 6.

Jaguar confirms the vehicle will be capable of being recharged from zero per cent to 80 per cent in around 45 minutes using a 100kW DC charger.

Unsurprisingly, the feedback on how the i-Pace copes with ice and properly low temperatures is positive, and if the electric SUV can cope with -40C it should be just fine most other places.

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Jaguar's I-PACE electric SUV is just a month from its big debut, and the automaker is sharing more power details about its Tesla rival. As you'd expect, there'll be pre-conditioning offered for when you have the auto plugged in, automatically adjusting the cabin temperature ahead of time so that you don't waste power on that when underway.

The electric crossover is powered by a pair of electric motors, one per axle, that add up to a total of 300 kilowatts (400 horsepower) and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Jaguar is finally going to reveal the production version of the I-Pace concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Ian Hoban, Jaguar vehicle line director, said: "Not only will the I-Pace charge quickly enough for our customers to carry out their everyday lives, it will offer powerful and precise performance in a variety of conditions and climactic extremes".

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Extreme temperatures have a much more severe effect on the performance of electric cars compared to their internal combustion competition.

In its announcement, the iconic British firm touted "sports auto performance" combined with "SUV practicality", as well the ability to operated in -40°F temperatures.

With supercar looks, sports auto performance and SUV space all in one electric package, Jaguar promises to rip up the rule book when it comes to what drivers expect from an electric vehicle.

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