By on December 9, 2019

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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6 Comments on “The 8-percent Solution: Range Boost Incoming to Jaguar I-Pace Owners...”


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    SCE to AUX

    “…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.”

    The Model S is rated for 373 miles, and the X for 328 miles – same size batteries, AWD, and pricing. So much for the ‘established’ mfrs building Tesla-killers.

  • avatar
    65corvair

    306 sales in October isn’t a viable business plan.

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    conundrum

    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.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    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.

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