What is the official definition of a "car"?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary the definition would be: "A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people."
Jaguar, however, wants to change that.
According to the British marque, the I-Pace, as well as other electric vehicles on the market, aren't technically considered by the definition simply because it lacks an internal combustion engine.
As such, the automaker is currently spearheading a campaign for the Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Dictionaries (OxfordDictionaries.com) to change their official online definitions of the word 'car'.
"A lot of time and thought is put into the name of any new vehicle or technology to ensure it is consumer friendly, so it’s surprising to see that the definition of the car is a little outdated. We are therefore inviting the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionaries to update its online classification to reflect the shift from traditional internal combustion engines towards more sustainable powertrains," said David Browne, head of Jaguar Land Rover's naming committee.
Jaguar has already sent an application to both the Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Dictionaries in order to have the definitions updated to include additional powertrains, including electric vehicles. Currently, the application is being reviewed.
The British marque is now encouraging people around the world to get behind the campaign by asking how the word 'car' should be defined.