The Jaguar I-PACE is the world’s first premium battery-electric SUV and the first vehicle to win three categories in the same year – World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car – at the 2019 World Car Awards.

Revolutionary in its engineering and technical specifications, the engineers behind the I-PACE developed novel approaches to battery, heat pump and e-motor technology.

Engineering innovations recognised by the MacRobert Award judges include:

  • State-of-the-art battery technology
  • The use of a heat pump to reduce the amount of battery power needed by the climate control system, significantly extending the range of the vehicle
  • E-motor technology engineered in-house to deliver exceptional efficiency, performance and refinement


Nick Rogers FREng, Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said:

'It is an incredible honour to be recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering for the innovative, pioneering spirit of our Jaguar Land Rover family. With the Jaguar I-PACE, we tore up the rule book and started from a clean sheet of paper to create a vehicle that not only supports our Destination Zero vision (Zero Emissions, Zero Accidents and Zero Congestion) but also has awesome on-road capability - a true Jaguar that people will love to drive. Under the skin, every detail from the patented hairpin technology to the bespoke cooling system was carefully engineered to create a premium battery electric SUV that was more efficient, more practical and more sustainable than ever before.'

The team

The Jaguar Land Rover finalist team includes:

  • Stephen Boulter, Vehicle Engineering Manager for I-PACE
  • Chris Chatham, Thermal Fluids Systems Group Leader
  • Maria Ximena Odio Narvaez, Lead Thermal Engineer for Batteries
  • Alexandros Michaelides, Electric Machines Senior Manager
  • Matthew Hancock, Powertrain Supervisory Control Technical Specialist


MacRobert Award judge Professor Ric Parker CBE FREng said:

'The Jaguar Land Rover team has given the world an amazing electric vehicle with the I-PACE. The car is packed with innovation from the novel battery and motor technology, through to regenerative braking and sophisticated software, as is evidenced by the 40 patents the have been granted. The result of this enthusiastic team’s engineering excellence is a more sustainable vehicle that people love to drive.'