Future Type, I-Pace, E-type Zero: these were the main celebrities of the Jaguar TechFest conference, which we visited in London. And it was not just about cars, but also how will their use look like in the future.

The fact that cars will be powered by electricity is clear, and Jaguar Land Rover is among the brands that have already adopted this thinking and have adapted to it. JLR chief dr. Ralf Speth was clear at the JLR TechFest conference: from 2020, all of their vehicles will be electric, plug-in hybrid or at least hybrid. This technological breakthrough will add about 5,000 jobs in the coming years, of which at least one thousand in software development, which will, in the age of electric and autonomous vehicles, be at least as important as the technical solutions in the vehicles themselves. What the future will be for using cars in the future was one of the main topics of the conference. Will it be individual ownership, sharing or something else? At Jaguar they emphasize that the development of new solutions, which will be flexible and open, will be very important. This direction of development underlined by the concept car Future Type, which was shown at TechFest for the first time (not yet live, that happened a few days later at the Frankfurt Motor Show). The Future-Type is a completely autonomous car intended primarily for shared use, but of course the owner could have for private use only, and would allow, as a Jaguar should, a 'manual' driving with everything that belongs in Jaguar: from power to prestige. The center of the concept is Sayer steering wheel. The driver will be able to transfer it from the car to the car and with it all of his settings, destinations and history of trips. This steering wheel will be a kind of ticket to the world of car use and car sharing. There were also some younger bloggers and bloggers at TechFest. They said that predictions that the younger generation will no longer want to own a car are very doubtful. At a time when this generation wants more and more individuality, it is clear that fully standardized 'autonomous transport boxes' do not have such a bright future as some predict - users will still want cars of their own, and this is an opportunity for businesses, such as the Jaguar Land Rover, as their customers can afford it too. The first model of Jaguar's new direction is, of course, a fully electric I-Pace that will go on sale next year. In the concept version, it can reach the speed of 100 kilometers per hour within a good four seconds. Electric motors develop a total of 400 horsepower and a torque of 700 nm. The engines are powered from a 90 kWh battery and can be recharged quickly over two hours, which is sufficient for more than 500 kilometers in a NEDC cycle or 220 miles (354 km) according to the American EPA cycle. But the greatest enthusiasm on TechFest was caused by the legendary E-Type, which was electrified and converted into a design classic with a fully electric drive, called E-Type Zero. Original ICE engine was replaced by a 220-kilowatt electric motor (which is installed in the place of original gearbox), and the batteries (where the gasoline engine resided). Total weight was reduced by 46 kilograms, the weight distribution remained almost the same, and the car is, of course, quite fast: speeding up to 100 kilometers per hour in just 5.5 seconds.

Sept. 15, 2017 Driving

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