Why the Jaguar's electric I-Pace could be a game changer
Moving into the electric car market is so important for Jaguar Land Rover as there’s pressure on manufacturers to reduce emissions from their fleets.
This is important for UK manufacturing and the EV market as a whole but it brings Jaguar Land Rover into the realm of the technical and allows the brand to compete with the likes of Tesla.
The I-Pace features one Electric Drive Unit per axle, double-wishbone suspension front and rear, air suspension and an electromechanical steering rack. The lithium-ion battery pack is situated in the main structure of the chassis, helping keep the centre of gravity low. The result is 394bhp and 700nm of torque from the two motors and it’ll reach 60mph in just four seconds. This makes the five-seater SUV as quick as any sports car.
The quoted range is 310 miles on a single charge from the 90kWh battery pack and it’ll charge up to 80% in 90 minutes when connected to a 50kW DC rapid charger.
The rules with electric cars are different because manufacturers don’t need to think about balancing excitement factor with practicality. The result is a practical car that’s exciting inside and out. Electric cars can serve whatever purpose you need them to, from an economic little run about to a fierce sports car without all the noise.
At the moment, the I-Pace is just a concept and all the figures are just estimates based on the research and technology available ahead of production. However, Jaguar plans to release official figures towards the end of 2017.
Jaguar’s involvement in Formula E has given the brand a perfect testing ground for the I-Pace. This means that while pushing the limits on the track, they’re able to work on pushing the boundaries on the road too.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.