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Jaguar Land Rover unveils its first electric car

Front view of the I-Pace. Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover have wheeled out its first fully electric car known as the I-Pace, which has been designed in the Midlands.

A preview of the vehicle was unveiled at the motorshow in Los Angeles but it won't be hit roads in the UK until 2018.

Britain's biggest carmaker is also keeping details about production location and technical specifications a secret until next year.

Our Business Correspondent Mark Gough asked Global Brand Director Stephen de Pleoy what impact the car will have on jobs in the region:

What we do know so far is the car has been designed and engineered by the team in Whitley, Coventry

With demand for electric cars growing, JLR will be hoping the I-Pace will put them ahead in the market for alternatively powered luxury vehicles.

Rear view of the I-Pace. Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

What we know so far about the I-Pace:

  • Everything about the car has been designed in house
  • It's designed to do 0-60 in less than 4 seconds
  • The production version will be revealed in late 2017 and will hit the road a year later
  • It's an electric performance SUV, combining the look of a supercar, sports car performance and five-seater versatility
  • The carmaker says it will be able to go 500km (310 miles) on a single charge
  • In theory this means drivers with an average daily commute only need to recharge it once a week
  • They claim the 90kw battery will charge to 80% in 90 minute
I-Pace will go into production in 2018. Credit: Jaguar Land Rover