Waymo said Tuesday it plans to add 20,000 all-electric Jaguar I-PACE luxury crossover SUVs to its self-driving fleet in the next few years.
The news follows an announcement in January that it had ordered “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to support the launch of its driverless ride-hailing service. The company said the I-PACE order alone is sufficient for a million rides a day.
“Imagine a world where you can take a self-driving minivan to the baseball game with family, and a self-driving I-PACE home after a night out — in both cases, a car perfectly suited for your needs. That’s the world we’re building,” Waymo said in a blog post.
The 5-passenger I-PACE’s 90 kWh lithium-ion battery and dual electric motors provide 240 miles of all-wheel-drive range. It’s expected to arrive in dealerships by the end of the year. Waymo said it also expects to begin testing the self-driving I-PACE this year.
“This is just the beginning,” Waymo said in the blog post. “The self-driving products of the future will be designed around passengers, not drivers. That means riders will be able to choose from a broad array of options that will match their very specific needs: one for working remotely as you commute, one for dining with friends, even one designed for napping! The ultimate goal: with Waymo as the driver, products tailored for every purpose and every trip.”