I have recently returned from a short test-drive in the just-released all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. The last time that I drove a car with the I-Pace’s incredible acceleration was some time ago, in one of Holden’s V8 race cars.

0 – 100kph in just 4.8 seconds is pretty neck-snapping!

Here at the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa, we get pretty excited when one of our major sponsors launches a new product or service that we can display at our event. That was the case when Darryl Twitt Motors announced the arrival of the Jaguar I-Pace.

A visit to the Shepparton Jaguar Land Rover showrooms to see marketing manager Pike Peters was rewarded with an offer of a test drive. It didn’t take a lot of arm twisting for me to accept that!

I have made to comparison of the I-Pace to a Supercar, because that’s exactly how it feels and handles. Except that the Jaguar does so with an amazing lack of fuss and

in an unusual silence, with the 294kW (394hp) twin electric motors driving the car’s AWD with 696Nm of torque.

I would usually write something about the gear box of a vehicle, but there isn’t one. The torque is just progressively applied to the electric motors which spin up to speed from zero to 12,000rpm as you press the accelerator. So, another thing seemingly absent from the cockpit is the gear lever. A series of buttons on the centre console takes care of that.

The dashboard consists of new standard 10” and 5” high definition touchscreens for “Infotainment.” Delivering a wealth of information and entertainment, the I-Pace feature intuitive and advanced integrated technologies to ensure that everyone can make the most of their journey.

With a range of 470km, Melbourne and return is within easy reach. Recharging can be done via a 50 watt DC charger, as installed at an increasing number of service centres around Australia, or a 7 watt AC charger, which enables the owner to plug in at home and achieve a full charge overnight.

Driving the I-Pace takes just a little bit of getting used to, as it has a little trick of automatically braking gently when you completely release the accelerator as the car converts the energy being bled off by braking into electricity, and charges its 90 kWh lithium-ion pouch cell batteries. If this feature becomes uncomfortable until you get used to it, it can be minimised via the touch-screen options available.

The technology of this vehicle is extremely advanced, and includes just so many features that would be impossible to describe here. Little wonder that there is a long and growing list of people booking test drives!

Pike Peters says, “The Jaguar Team have been trained as electric vehicle specialists to support owners on their purchase and ownership journeys.”

The Jaguar I-Pace will be on display at the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa on Sunday October 6th as part of the committee’s ongoing policy of presenting new motoring technologies to our spectators as well as our usual abundance of classic, vintage, veteran and modified vehicles.

.. Ray Read