ABB partner Jaguar wins prestigious Car of the Year award

Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE scoops top honor; racing version powered by ABB charging technology

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV, which has a racing model powered by ABB chargers, has scooped one of the world’s top motoring awards in being named Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show.

Jaguar’s I-PACE is a key element in the company’s drive to electrify its model range and Jaguar’s commitment to innovative technology has been recognized by the Car of the Year (COTY) panel. It is the first electric car to claim the honor, as well as the first Jaguar car to do so.

The COTY award, established in 1964, is made by a jury comprised of 60 senior journalists from 23 countries, representing some of Europe’s leading automotive titles.

Jaguar’s technical intent is being showcased this year by the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. The championship pits a field of 12 identical race-prepared I-PACE cars against each other and runs in support of the headline ABB Formula E championship.

ABB, as official charging partner to the series, is key to its success, as custom-made Terra 53 DC chargers are used to power the eTROPHY fleet before and after races. They will once again be in use this weekend in Hong Kong, where the eTROPHY will stage its third round.

The introduction of ABB technology into a competitive motorsport environment is a world-first and the Terra DC units operated flawlessly in their first two events. They were specially adapted for the series by ABB and are capable of quickly charging the Jaguar racecars in the short breaks between practice, qualifying and races.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the world’s first international all-electric racing series for production-based cars and is the support series at 10 rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E championship.

ABB’s role as official charging partner for the eTROPHY builds on its partnership as title sponsor of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and extends the company’s commitment to support and expand the future of e-mobility.

As the world leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, ABB offers the full range of charging solutions for electric cars, electric and hybrid buses as well as electrification solutions for ships and railways. ABB entered the EV-charging market back in 2010, and has sold 10,500 DC chargers, including high power chargers up to 350 kW, across 73 countries – more than any other manufacturer.

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