Jaguar just proved to the world that electric vehicles (EVs) can travel beyond a city's borders and go more than a hundred kilometers without needing a recharge. How did Jaguar achieved such a feat? By taking the all-new I-Pace EV crossover from London, UK all the way to Brussels, Belgium.
Yes you read that right, the I-Pace was able to travel nearly 370 km with just enough juice left in the batteries for a recharge. For Jaguar, this test shows how far EVs have come from just being alternative city runarounds, to fully-fledged automobiles that can go cross-country or better yet, cross-continent.
“We know customers won’t compromise on everyday usability so we engineered our electric performance SUV to deliver outstanding real-world range. By driving the 229 miles (369km) from London to Brussels on a single charge – and arriving with plenty of range left – we’ve demonstrated how comfortably it deals with long-distance journeys,” said Stephen Boulter, Vehicle Integration Manager for the Jaguar I-Pace.
The I-Pace first set off from London's South Bank with its 90 kWh battery fully charged. It then headed to the Channel Tunnel to make the 50km trip from the UK to France. But instead of hopping onto a train, Jaguar decided to have the I-Pace cross the underwater tunnel using its own power. After emerging from Calais, the I-Pace headed east to continue on its merry way to Belgium.
After battling rush-hour traffic, as well as traversing kilometer-long expressways, the I-Pace finally reached the Belgian capital of Brussels, completing its 369 km, two-day journey with just 8% left in the battery. It was able to do this thanks to a high-tech navigation system which can plot out the best route, as well as learn one's driving style. In addition, the system is also smart enough to set up a route that will have charging stations along the way should the journey cannot be completed in one single charge.
Beyond that, the I-Pace also comes with a Smart Climate feature that can automatically cool the cabin, depending on the number of occupants present inside. This allows the system to draw energy from the battery sparingly without having to fully make use of it.
First revealed at the 2018 Geneva International Auto Show last March, the concept turned production EV serves as Jaguar's foray in the growing zero-emissions luxury crossover. It blends styling elements from the agile F-Pace, as well as the sporty F-Type coupe while still incorporating its own unique profile.
Powering the I-Pace are a pair of in-house developed electric motors that are placed at each axle. The motors deliver a combined system output of 394 PS and 694 Nm of torque, allowing the I-Pace to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. As previously mentioned, the motors get their power from a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which gives the I-Pace its impressive 386 km range. It can be quickly recharged to 80% in just 40 minutes with a 100 kW rapid charger system. However, when recharging the I-Pace with a 230V outlet, it can achieve the same state of charge in ten hours.