For you well-heeled sportsmen/sportswomen who have to have the latest vehicle on the market, and perhaps a green vehicle, you’re likely looking at a Tesla all electric sedan or crossover. Well hold on. If you can wait until August, there will be another, better choice for you. And it’s even more prestigious than a Tesla.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest of this California-based company, Tesla is having production problems with their Model 3 production. So much so that its CEO, Elon Musk, who has a very large ego and is short-tempered, has barked at assembly line engineers to pull workers from other departments, made overtime mandatory or be reprimanded, all to meet his mandated production goals, according to Automotive News and Reuters. He went so far to order and have the 3 being built in a large tent to meet his mandate. That, and you’ve probably seen on TV the two fire incidences with his electric cars. With these, it makes you wonder if this or his other models have deficiencies.
Some time ago I recall reading where actor George Clooney bought an earlier model Tesla and remarked that it was parked along a road more than he was able drive it, alluding to its breakdowns. And it’s no secret according to financial analysts that Musk is losing money hand-over-fist in making his cars. Added to this, Tesla doesn’t have a nationwide dealer body for buyers to take their cars in the event of problems.
So, forego the Tesla and check out Jaguar’s new I-Pace all-electric, performance crossover .
I-Pace carries a 298 mile range on a single charge and puts out 394 horsepower and 512 lb/ft of torque with its dual electric motors. It’s been timed at 4.3 seconds for 0-60 and has a top speed of 124 mph which puts it on par with Tesla’s Model X all electric crossover. But unlike the X, I-Pace will be priced about $10,205 less according to Automotive News (pricing reportedly to be between $70,495 to $86,895 when it arrives in dealer showrooms). That, and Jaguar has a nationwide dealer network for service, an important consideration when buying any vehicle.
The I-Pace uses a 90-kWh lithium ion battery that has 432 liquid-cooled cells in it. When dead, it can be recharged to 80 percent in 40 minutes. Above all, car buyers are dealing with an established brand.
Compared to the Tesla X, the I-Pace is a better looking crossover with traditional interior design but with the latest technology such as Intelligent Phone Reminders that if the driver forgot their smartphone, I-Pace will let them know. It has 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot capability for up to eight devices and with Alexa, you can ask any information held on Jaguar’s InControl app. For example, is my car locked, what is the charge level, do I have enough range? I-Pace will also be able to talk to your home to control house heating, lights, doors and more using HomeLink via the cars’ touchscreen.
Just from reading the specs, there have been pre-orders for them so, again, before signing on the line for a Tesla, check the I-Pace all electric crossover. You’ll like what you see, drive and save. We’ll have more on the I-Pace when it becomes available for testing.