No real surprises, but all good indications of Jaguar's efforts, IMO.
Jaguar will build I-Pace electric SUV with Magna Steyr, CEO says
Jaguar will build its forthcoming I-Pace full-electric crossover with contract manufacturer Magna Steyr in Austria, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth told Automotive News Europe.
Jaguar and its sibling brand, Land Rover, signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna's Graz plant in July 2015 but at that time JLR didn't specify which models the would be produced there. Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche reported then that Magna would manufacture an electric vehicle and the new Land Rover Discovery for JLR.
Speth confirmed that the I-Pace would be one of two vehicles that Magna builds for JLR. He declining to confirm whether the second model would also be an EV or whether the car would be for the Land Rover brand...
Construction has already begun on an extension to Magna's production facilities in Graz to prepare for output of two JLR models. German magazine Automobil Produktion reported this week that marketing group IHS Automotive foresees production of about 13,000 I-Pace SUVs with Magna in 2019, the EV's first full year on the market.
http://www.autonews.com/article/2016111 ... r-ceo-says
The Jaguar I-Pace won’t ever need its battery replaced… theoretically
...you won’t ever need to replace the I-Pace’s battery pack. At least, that’s the view of Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Technical Design Director Product Development at Jaguar.
“We expect the battery will last the entire lifetime of the car. If you look at the specification of the cells – 1000 cycles of full-span zero-to-100 per cent – that’s what the battery pack can do.
“In our case, as we have a range of 500km, 1000 cycles would mean the battery has a life of 500,000km, which should exceed the life of the vehicle...
Ziebart believes it’s even better than that, given the fact that standard 1000 cycles are based on a (fully discharged to 100%) fast-charge using a high-powered 100kW charge in one hour continuously...
http://www.caradvice.com.au/500419/the- ... retically/
Not coincidentally (?) the I-Pace should easily exceed the 350 mile UDDS range required to earn the maximum of four CA ZEV credits.
Many 2011-12 LEAF packs also may actually exceed 1,000 cycles (IF you define ~70% of initial capacity EOL) but that of course will generally happen after only 60,000 to 120,000 miles, depending on climate, driving patterns, and actual initial battery capacity.