Jaguar’s head of design Ian Callum estimates the development of EVs is going to “reinvent” car design.
Speaking to Autocar, the man in charge of Jaguar’s design department believes that in the next 15 years, car design will change more than it did in the last 100 years thanks to the advancement in EV development. He went on to specify an electric powertrain will enable more opportunities in terms of interior space for occupants as a result of improved packaging.
An electric vehicle has substantially less mechanical hardware compared to an ICE car, thus freeing up more room inside. Packaging is further improved by installing the batteries within the floor, so an EV can provide a more spacious cabin compared to similarly-sized car powered by a combustion engine.
Callum pointed out the benefits brought by electric powertrains far outweigh the disadvantages, adding that embracing an electrified future will give car designers more freedom in their line of duty.
It was only a couple of weeks ago when he told Auto Guide during the 2016 New York Auto Show that Jaguar will introduce a car within the next two years that won’t be driven “by a petrol engine.” He was obviously referring to an electric vehicle, but it’s not known at this point whether it will be a concept or a production car. Chances are it will be a concept to preview a production model due by the end of the decade.
Jaguar did trademark the “I-Type” and “I-Pace” nameplates, so we could see something along the lines of an all-electric F-Type or F-Pace, respectively. In addition, there have been some rumors about a smaller crossover with an electric powertrain slated to be positioned below the F-Pace. It has already been spotted in prototype guise and is expected to be called E-Pace.
We should remind you that Jaguar Land Rover is already working on what it calls electric Drive Module (eDM) technology, so there’s definitely something on the horizon without an exhaust tip.