The electric vehicles market is undergoing a period of rapid growth. The end of 2018 saw record sales, with more than 60,000 new registrations being registered in December. Such figures are more commonly associated with well-known manufacturers like Renault or Nissan, but some luxury manufacturers have been developing their own high-end versions. Here, Jaguar F-Pace dealership Grange investigate some of the weirdest and wonderful tech found in luxury EVs.
1. Jaguar I-Pace
The iconic Jaguar logo is synonymous with cutting-edge design. Known for its power, the Jaguar may not be the first to roll off the tongue when you think about electric vehicles. However, the I-Pace offers a superb 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and offers up to 292 miles WLTP cycle. With amazing weight distribution, its electric motors deliver 696Nm of instant torque and sports car agility. The multi-award-winning model was named 2019 World Green Car and 2019 World Car Design of the Year at this year’s World Car Awards. You can build the car to your own spec, or if you want a more budget-friendly model, a used Jaguar may be the better option.
2. Porsche Taycan
The Mission E Concept was first revealed back in 2015, and Porsche is now ready to debut the production version to the world. The Taycan is set to be a higher premium electric car that’s set to rival Tesla’s Model S. It’s set to be unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show and is to lead the way for Porsche’s attack on the electric vehicle sector, with the likes of the Macan to be transformed into a fully electric offering.
With a top speed of 155mph, the Taycan is an impressively fast and efficient model. The move won’t allow Porsche to lose its roots however, according to Oliver Blume, chairman of the Porsche executive board. He said: “We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment.” The success of the electric vehicle market will undoubtedly revolutionize the automotive industry as a whole. Additionally, an increase in related services such as EV charging from suppliers such as Northern Powergrid has meant that the market can continue to grow. It’s clear that all car manufacturers, no matter what their status, have electric vehicles firmly in their sights. As the concept becomes more popular, prices will likely decrease and technology will continue to improve.
3. Tesla Model S
Tesla is probably the first manufacturer name that comes to mind when we think of EV’s and the Model S is one of the best on the market. According to Tesla’s official site, the company is ‘accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. The Model S offers a hugely impressive 370-miles range and it’s Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive makes it a perfect drive in all weather conditions. Filled with an abundance of cutting-edge technology and an extremely spacious seating plan, this vehicle is the epitome of luxury.
4. Aston Martin Rapide E
Costing a £250,000, the Rapide is one of the more expensive EV’s on the market – but for good reason. Replacing the 552bhp 6.0-liter, V12 found in the engine bay of the Rapide S is a battery packing 800 volts and a 65khw capacity which will allow the equivalent of 602bhp. With a range of up to 310 miles, this car won’t see you stuck as is so often the presumption (albeit it an archaic presumption). It will feature two electric motors which will drive a rear-wheel each via an Xtract-developed transmission.
5. Range Rover P400e
Although the P400e isn’t a fully electric car, it offers the same benefits along with the impressive power of a Range Rover. It was first unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year. It can be driven in parallel hybrid mode, which combines both petrol and electric and is the default driving mode, or EV mode, which is perfect for zero-emission journeys. It symbolizes the shift from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric, with Jaguar Land Rover to offer an electrified option by next year.
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