Jaguar has confirmed that it will develop new bespoke electric vehicles to sit alongside the all-electric I-Pace that’s already on sale.
During a recent interview with Autoblog at the New York Auto Show, Jaguar design chief Ian Callum said that more EVs are in the pipeline and that they will be built from the ground-up as EVs.
“We are doing more battery cars at Jaguar, yes. That’s all I’m saying. When you’re doing electric cars, they’re new cars. They’re not just batteries put in an old car. You can’t do that,” Callum said.
While Callum failed to say what form future electric Jaguar models could take, previous reports have indicated that the next-generation XJ could be sold exclusively in all-electric guise. This model would be based around Jaguar Land Rover’s Modular Longitudinal Architecture which supports ICE, hybrid and battery-electric vehicles.
According to some reports, if the next XJ is indeed an all-electric, it could use a 100 kWh battery rather than the 90 kWh unit used by the existing I-Pace. In addition, the electric sedan could feature four electric motors placed at the wheels, each rated at upwards of 200 hp.
While Jaguar isn’t interested in making electric versions of its current ICE-powered models, fellow British car manufacturer Aston Martin has done just that with the Rapide E. Unlike most premium electric sedans, the Rapide E doesn’t feature batteries in its floor, and its battery pack is placed where the 6.0-liter V12 of normal variants resides.