The 8-percent Solution: Range Boost Incoming to Jaguar I-Pace Owners

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
the 8 percent solution range boost incoming to jaguar i pace owners

Maybe electric racing does have something to offer the common man. Jaguar credits its Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race series (outside makes need not apply) for returning data that proved useful in eking out additional range from the electric crossover’s 90 kWh battery pack.

As things are all very modern in 2019, all Jag needs to do to pass the fruits of that knowledge on to consumers is fix them up with a software update.

According to Jag, the racing series showed the brand how to maximize mileage by optimizing thermal management, regenerative braking, and torque distribution between the front and rear wheels (at least when the all-wheel drive system is set to “ECO”).

Following the update, which is available for free at dealers, owners and buyers of new I-Paces can expect up to 12 additional miles of gas-free driving. In this business, range is more important than horsepower in wrestling customers away from the comfortable embrace of internal combustion.

“It really is a case of the vehicle getting better with age,” said Stephen Boulter, the model’s vehicle engineering manager, in a statement.

If only that sentiment applied to the I-Pace’s sales.

After debuting the 234-mile crossover in 2018, global sales hit a snag in the summer of 2019, with numerous media reports pointing to growing inventories caused by falling sales. While the summertime slump seems to have eased in the U.S. over the past two months (October was the model’s best month to date, with 306 sold), a similar rebound cannot be seen in Europe. December 2018 remains (by far) still the model’s best sales month in that region.

Despite the uphill battle all EV makers face in winning over the public, the I-Pace seems to hold a range advantage over fresh-faced German rivals competing in the same space. The Audi E-Tron carries an EPA rating of just over 200 miles, while the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC is expected to return about 230 miles on the American driving cycle.

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover]

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  • Conundrum Conundrum on Dec 09, 2019

    Although Magna can screw the furniture and bodywork together competently for Jaguar, the company seems to have the usual nightmare electronics problems unrelated to the third party assembly, and it isn't due to Lucas which died back in 1996 to give their name to a spare parts brand like Mopar. If you visit I-Pace forums, you get to see what great pleasures Jaguar has in store for new owners. There doesn't seem to much doubt about it, Tesla is way ahead on integrating battery capacity with power electronics to drive their superior motors. The rest of 'em have to play catchup.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Dec 09, 2019

    They sold 306 of these in October? I am surprised they sold that many. Didn't know that many would not have heard about Lucas Electronics and an Indian made vehicle made by the same company that brought the World the Nano.

  • Tassos Now as for the Z specifically, Car and Driver had a comparison test of the new Z400, a car that looks good on paper, with plenty of HP etc, but, despite the fact that the cars that win in those tests are usually brand new models that are more up to date than their aging rivals, the Z finished DEAD LAST in the test, to my ovbious surprise.
  • Arthur Dailey Sorry but compare that spartan interior to the Marks that Corey is writing about. 'A cigarette lighter'. Every Mark had 4 cigarette lighters and ashtrays. And these came standard with 'a 3.4-liter, 182-horsepower straight-six in the engine compartment and a five-speed manual transmission'. Those do not tick off many of the luxury boxes aspired to by 'the greatest generation'.Not sure about the 7 series but one of My Old Man's associates showed up once with a brand new 5 series circa 1977 and they gave him such a bad time that he traded it for a Fleetwood within a week.
  • Tassos I clearly have no sentimental attachment to any cars from the 80s. I myself drove a Dasher (passat) wagon with horrible reliability, and then a Pontiac 2000, very fuel efficient for its time with its 1.8 lt and 5 speed, but a small econobox crudely made, with no luxuries inside. But most other cars of the era were really CRAPPY, unsafe, both in terms of passive AND active safety, had very few options modern cars have, etc etc. The best car I owned then was a 1991 Honda Civic 5-sp hatch, but that was also an 80s design that was on sale from 1987-1991. Not just the domestics were crappy then, but so were m ost of the imports. As you can see, I have ZERO "nostalgia" for any of these, especially not for the unreliable, poorly made JUNK from DATSUN-NISSAN, which is widely reviled overseas as a maker of small pickup trucks that are the favorites of Gypsies selling watermelons from their bed.
  • Tassos While Acura was the first Japanese attempt to sell 'luxury' (or "premium") vehicles in the US market, and despite its original good success in the near-luxury segment with the Legend and the far smaller and less expensive Itegra (a glorified Civic), it later lost its momentum and offered a series of underwhelming vehicles. It sure is not a LUXURY maker, and as long as it offers FWD or AWD and NOT RWD vehicles, it will never be taken seriously as a serious sports cars maker. Infiniti is much worse, and if both of them go under, few will notice. Lexus was more successful, offering pimped up TOyotas for 10,000s more, but there is NO vehicle in their lineup, esp now that they scewed up the only serious entry (the LS), that I would care to consider. AND I say all this as a very satisfied owner of 5-speed Honda coupes and hatchbacks (a 1991 Civic hatch and a 1990 Accord Coupe).
  • Mike Beranek Yet another reason to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles charged with energy from wind & solar with modern, non-Monty Burns nuclear as a backup.