The Jaguar I-Pace has won Best Electric Powertrain, Best New Engine, and the 350 to 450PS category at The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards, showing again why it’s one of the best electric vehicles (EV) in the world.
Announced at the Engine Expo + The Powertrain Technology Show in Stuttgart, the panel of 70 motoring journalists from 31 countries took into account key characteristics including performance, driveability, energy efficiency and refinement.
The three titles recognise the I-Pace’s zero emissions powertrain, which was designed and developed in-house by Jaguar.
“We’ve used all the benefits of state-of-the-art battery and motor technology to create a world-class electric vehicle. As well as zero emissions, the all-electric powertrain delivers an ideal balance of performance, refinement and range, together with outstanding responsiveness, agility and day-to-day usability,” said Jaguar Land Rover’s powertrain director Ian Hoban.
The I-Pace is a “true driver’s car”, Mr Hoban added.
“We set out to make the world’s best all-electric performance SUV: these awards reflect that, and are fitting recognition for what the engineering team has achieved.”
The I-Pace’s 90kWh lithium-ion battery enables a range of up to 470km under WLTP testing, and can charge from 0-80 percent in just 40 minutes using a 100kW DC charger, or in just over ten hours when using a 7kW
The I-Pace has a battery pre-conditioning system: when plugged in the I-Pace will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery to maximise range ahead of driving.
A heat pump scavenges energy from the outside air – even in sub-zero conditions – to reduce the amount of battery energy used by the climate control system.
It can even use heat generated by the propulsion system to warm up the cabin, reducing demand on the battery.
Interestingly, the permanent magnet motors are hollow, with the driveshafts passing through the centre.
Together with the transmission, they weigh just 78kg and are very compact.
This contributes to the I-Pace’s spacious cabin and 656-litre luggage compartment volume.
Since being revealed slightly more than a year ago, the Jaguar I-Pace has continued to rack up awards, to date receving 66 global awards.
Those include 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car, European Car of the Year and German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year.