Jaguar I-Pace became a competitor to Mercedes in a taxi in GermanyAugust 6, 2018
It is not surprising that the company Mercedes is quite popular in the home market. And the popularity extends to both the private and the corporate segment, but Jaguar decided to compete with its own electric cars.
As it became known, the company Jaguar recently delivered 10 fully electric crossovers I-Pace to one of the taxis in Munich. And this is not only an opportunity to test their cars, but also a serious step in the competition. At the moment, more than 60% of all taxi cars in Germany are Mercedes models. And most of them are E-Сlass cars.
In our opinion, the company Jaguar decided to go ahead of the curve, and try first to occupy a new segment. After all, the analogue from Mercedes – a fully electric crossover EQ C – will appear only next year.
“We want to offer people in Munich more to use electric cars, and in particular cars from Jaguar,” – said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralph Speth. “One of the reasons we came to Munich is the presence of mixed traffic in the city mode, and a country road along the highway to the airport.” – This will allow the company to thoroughly test its cars in real conditions.
Travel on new cars will be subsidized also by the city council, with the state paying 20 cents per kilometer. Munich has one of the highest pollution levels among German cities and in the future may impose bans on old cars.
The Jaguar I-Pace comes with a 395-horsepower electric motor capable of overclocking a heavy crossover to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. As a source of energy, a lithium-ion battery of 90 kWh is used, which provides about 500 km of run. In addition, the fast charging system allows you to recharge the battery capacity to 80% in just 40 minutes.
The new information-entertainment system Touch Pro Duo from Jaguar is also equipped with an intelligent assistant for navigation. In addition to choosing the path, taking into account traffic jams and driver preferences, the car roughly calculates the remaining charge and signals if the remaining energy is not enough for the trip, or returning home.
Whether Jaguar will be able to occupy a niche in the commercial segment is still unknown. The biggest obstacle to this is the price of the crossover.