Jaguar To Shuffle Around Battery Pack For Future EVs

Jaguar has revealed that it will have to shuffle around the battery pack of the all-electric I-Pace when producing other EVs.

The British marque made the decision to give the I-Pace an SUV-shaped body as it allowed its engineers to implement a higher roofline, allowing for the battery pack to be mounted under a raised floor, Auto Express reports.

However, non-SUV EVs from Jaguar won’t have things so easy, particularly if they are low-slung sports cars and sedans. Consequently, batteries will have to be spread out throughout the vehicle, design director Ian Callum said.

“We know that we’ll have to be flexible in how the battery packs are built up. They don’t necessarily need to be a single slab in one area, as long as they’re properly interconnected.

“So yes, we’re looking at various configurations as we look beyond the I-Pace – particularly to help with the H-point [the height of the occupants’ hips] in the rear seats because that’s really one of the defining areas,” Callum said.

At this stage, no concrete information has been released about what electric vehicles will follow the I-Pace. However, we recently learned that the I-Pace’s platform will probably be used by other models.

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  • eb110americana

    Tesla does just fine with the Model S batteries under the floor. It’s no F-Type, but it’s way lower than the I-Pace. The rear H-point isn’t even that big of a deal, as most conventional cars have the gas tank below there now anyway. The spots that have to be left clear are the foot wells and possibly beneath the driver’s seat, depending on how tall of a pack and what kind of car. There is also the issue with using the center tunnel to package batteries, as anything inflexible directly beside your H-point has potential to cause serious injury in a side-on collision.

    • EXACTLY. IT’S AS IF NO ONE IS PAYING ATTENTION. BUILD A SKATEBOARD PLATFORM AND BUILD MANY MODELS ON IT.
      DUH.

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    Sad to see Jaguar styling become just another me too generic look… they used to be very unique, sexy and recognisable cars.

    • MarketAndChurch

      How is this a “me too” generic look? There’s nothing on the street that looks like this

      • supermanuel

        It looks like a Kia Rio mixed with a hatchback Mitsu Lancer. It is entirely generic.

      • Rocc E. Normyss

        Perhaps you’re too young to remember the Pre-Ford Jaguar style. Compared to every other manufacturer, Jaguars were unmistakably unique. Their current style has absolutely conformed.

        • MarketAndChurch

          That was perhaps my favorite era of Jags, and an era I wish Jag had modernized rather than drop completely. The S-type was a piece of junk, and the XJ could have gotten a sleeker roof line but both of them were had a design language with so much potential.

          That being said… I would still take this EV over a comparable BMW or Mercedes EV, and I think it looks unique compared to everything else that is out there right now. But I see where you’re coming from.

  • LWOAP

    Just copy Tesla’s skateboard platform. Unless of course, they have a patent on the thing.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I wish I had the money to afford this EV.

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