Four might seem insignificant but there are very few I-Pace EVs on the road.
The Jaguar uses LG battery cells like Chevrolet and Hyundai – both had fire problems in the recent past.
This may seem like a trivial way to generate interest or traffic on the website, but the reality is that EV battery fires are a big problem. Chevrolet and Hyundai made headlines because of fires and this latest incident, involving another Jaguar I-Pace, is the fourth to be shared by the media.
Per capita, there are more battery fires than petrol-car fires which is why they are reported on. Why this fourth I-Pace is important stems from the fact that only about 50,000 examples of Jaguar’s EV have so far been sold in four years. The math and the pattern with Chevrolet Bolt battery fires are similar where 17 incidents were reported on roughly 140,000 sales.
The clencher is that the I-Pace features LG Chem batteries much like those used in the Chevy Bolt and Hyundai Kona EV. About the latest fire, which happened in Florida this past June, electrek reached out to JLRNA and received the following response:
“Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is committed to our customer’s safety, and we are aware of this I-PACE incident in Boynton Beach, FL. We have been in contact with and are cooperating with the customer’s insurance company expert regarding a vehicle inspection. JLRNA is unable to comment further on your questions until the investigation is completed.”
Massive recalls were issued for both the Bolt and Kona EV over the last year.