Jaguar is reportedly working on an all-electric version of its upcoming SUV, with a view to launching the new model in 2018.
British mag Autocar quotes “well-placed” industry sources, saying that the F-Pace EV would target a range of around 300 miles (480km).
The carmaker recently reserved the rights to the name “EV-Type”, but it seems unlikely that such a name would grace an all-electric SUV.
Land Rover is also rumoured to be working on an electric SUV (perhaps as a Range Rover model), and that model - along with the Jaguar F-Pace - could share a platform and key components for a two-up JLR assault on the Tesla Model X when it arrives.
The 2018 timing is reportedly aimed at satisfying new laws in the US state of California and others, which demand EV sales rise from a minimum of five percent to 15.4 percent of a carmaker’s total sales volume by 2025.
Growing charging infrastructure and public acceptance of EVs in the US is expected to drive demand in other markets, so the F-Pace SUV is unlikely to be a US-only affair.
The report also cites new ‘zero-emission zones’ in some of the world’s largest cities (including Paris) as a motivating factor, with authorities believed to be considering such rules to curb air pollution.
No word at this stage on whether a range-extended version is also being considered, or what price tag the F-Pace SUV might wear when it arrives in 2018.