Fourth electric Jaguar I-Pace bursts into flames while parked as company launches urgent investigation

SHOCKING images show the burned-out remains of an electric Jaguar I-Pace that allegedly burst into flames as it was parked and charging in a man’s garage.

This Florida fire is the fourth reported time a Jaguar I-Pace has appeared to have caught fire on its own.

Close-up of the aftermath of the Jaguar I-Pace fire in Florida


Close-up of the aftermath of the Jaguar I-Pace fire in FloridaPhoto credit: Twitter

Owner Gonzalo Salazar told Electrek: “I heard popping noises coming from the garage. I decided to check where the noise was coming from and when I went into the garage I was faced with a thick wall of smoke.

“My immediate thought was, ‘If there’s smoke, there’s fire’ and I have to get the car out of the garage of the house.”

Salazar was able to get the I-Pace out of the garage and onto the street, but it was still smoking and he called Jaguar Roadside Assistance to have them looked at.

He continues: “When I finished talking to them, there were more popping noises, but this time it was followed by a fire under the car.

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“I then called 911 to help with the situation.

“But it wasn’t a slow burn, as the fire broke out there were several pops and the car was just quickly engulfed in flames.

“Debris was flying everywhere, so I kept my distance.”

Firefighters had to pour a special foam agent to put out the electrical fire, and Salazar says there was still a humming noise from the front of the car after the flames were put out.

Jaguar retrieved Salazar’s burned I-Pace after its flames were put out and launched an investigation into the cause.

Yesenia Machuca, Senior Public Relations Specialist at Jaguar, told The US Sun: “We are aware of an incident involving a Jaguar I-PACE in Florida, USA.

“We are investigating the cause of the incident in cooperation with local authorities.”

This is the fourth reported fire involving an I-Pace.

In October 2021, a car caught fire while charging in the Hungarian city of Székesfehérvár, according to reports from InsideEVs. The fire took almost five hours to extinguish as the batteries kept being reignited.

That fire came just weeks after a blaze involving an I-Pace in Redmond, Oregon, where firefighters again struggled to put out the blazes, according to InsideEVs.

And Electrek also reported that an I-Pace caught fire while parked in a driveway in a town near Geldermalsen in the Netherlands in October 2018.

InsideEVs reports that Jaguar’s global sales of the I-Pace last year were 9,970, up from 16,457 in 2020 and 17,355 in 2019. The manufacturer sold 6,893 I-Pace in 2018 when the model was launched.

For comparison, the rival Cadillac Escalade sold 40,505 models in 2021, reports GM Authority.

Jaguar uses LG battery cells in its I-Pace such as the Chevy Bolt EV and Hyundai Kona EV, Electrek reports.

Both the Bolt and Kona electric vehicles have issued recalls for potential battery fire hazards.

The Bolt was recalled in July 2021, with an online statement stating, “Experts from GM and LG have identified the simultaneous presence of two rare manufacturing defects in the same battery cell as the primary cause of battery fires in certain Chevrolet Bolt EVs.

“As a result, GM will be conducting a recall of Bolt EVs (2017-2022) and Bolt EUVs (2022) to address the risk of battery fires in these vehicles.”

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GM said it “replaces defective lithium-ion battery modules in Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs with new lithium-ion modules.”

Hyundai announced a Kona EV recall a year earlier, saying in a statement, “Hyundai is conducting a safety recall in the United States and Canada to address a potential condition with the electric vehicle (“EV”) lithium-ion (“Li-ion ‘) Battery that could cause a fire in certain model year 2019-2020 Kona EV and 2020 Ioniq EV vehicles.”

Jaguar has launched an urgent investigation into the Florida fire


Jaguar has launched an urgent investigation into the Florida firePhoto credit: Twitter Fourth electric Jaguar I-Pace bursts into flames while parked as company launches urgent investigation

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