By now I'm sure everyone is aware of the Government's proposed
plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by the year
Leaked reports appear to show that many of the current crop of
hybrid cars, like the best-selling Toyota Prius will be caught in
the ban. The 'Road to Zero' policy is expected to outlaw the sale
of any hybrid cars from 2040 incapable of covering 50 miles using
only electric power.
With additional pressure being placed on ministers to bring the
deadline forward to 2030, car manufacturers are investing a serious
amount of time, money and resources into creating an electric model
that combines performance with style.
Since the popularity of electric vehicles boomed, we have seen
Tesla lead the way in terms of sales, with the Tesla Model 3
recently becoming America's best-selling electric car.
This dominance from Tesla within the electric car market has not
been significantly tested, and although we have seen a number of
other high-profile manufacturers develop their own electric models,
none have enjoyed the same level of success or popularity as
With that being said, we're still very much in the early stages
of electric car development and as the 2040 deadline slowly
approaches, you can be certain that many of the world's biggest car
manufacturers will begin revealing their own all-electric
One such model is the Jaguar I-Pace, which we were fortunate
enough to see for the very first time this week at our Leigh-on-Sea
The I-Pace, which officially comes on sale in summer 2018, has
everything you can think of when imagining a stylish electric
vehicle, boasting all the characteristics needed to make it a
serious competitor to the existing Tesla models.
Combining two fast-growing sectors of the car market, the I-Pace
blends the electric car and the SUV perfectly, with two electric
motors producing an incredible 395bhp - enough to get the car from
0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.
One of the biggest things holding back electric cars is range
anxiety. The I-Pace addresses this with a near-300-mile range
between charges and is fitted with a new EV Navigation system that
calculates the remaining range as accurately as
Now, here at Borough we're known for our chrome, so excuse us
for automatically being drawn to the quality of the finish on the
interior and exterior chrome components.
Designed with sleek-looking interior, the I-Pace features a
central touchscreen monitor surrounded by, beautifully finished
chrome plating, complimenting the darker dashboard interior while
accentuating the modern elements of the car.
The same high-quality chrome finish is used across the door
panels and air vents, creating a stylish consistency throughout the
vehicle, that reflects the car's sophistication in terms of
technology and performance.
The I-Pace oozes class as it subtly brings the dark and metallic
colours together to create a beautiful vehicle worthy of its
£60,000 price tag.
From a practical perspective, the shape of the car provides
significant boot storage space, and the curved roof optimises
passenger comfort, allowing enough room for passengers to move
freely when travelling long distances.
The I-Pace that visited our offices had a black exterior,
matching the colour scheme from inside the vehicle and reflecting
the subtle beauty that Jaguar has tried to achieve with its new
Combining high level vehicle performance with an aesthetically
pleasing interior/exterior, the Jaguar I-Pace is a great benchmark
for the future of electric vehicles, and an example of how Tesla's
current dominance will be challenged by the established brands.