JAGUAR’S I-Pace all-electric high performance SUV has demonstrated its practicality with a 229 mile run from London to Brussels on a single charge.
The I-Pace’s 90kWh Lithium-ion battery offers sports car performance of 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds alongside the practicality of a 292-mile range (WLTP cycle) and 0-80% charging time of 40 minutes (100kW DC).
Home charging with a wall box will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours – ideal for overnight charging.
The car began its intercity trip on London’s South Bank, with its 90kWh battery fully charged, before heading to the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone. There, unlike the 80 million vehicles that have made the crossing by train since the Channel Tunnel opened, the I-Pace travelled the 31 miles through the world’s longest undersea tunnel using its own power.
After emerging into the Calais sunshine from the service tunnel which runs between the two rail tunnels, Stephen Boulter, the Jaguar engineer behind the wheel, headed east and arrived at the historic Mons Des Arts in central Brussels with 8% battery charge still in reserve.
The power it used is the equivalent of the energy generated from just 41 turns of a wind turbine, taking just under two minutes. If you took one trip of this distance per month, switching from a conventional engine SUV of similar size and power, to an EV like I-Pace, you would cut annual CO2 emissions by nearly half a tonne and save £945 on fuel in a year.
Stephen Boulter, Jaguar’s vehicle integration manager for the I-Pace, said: “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 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.”
The car cruised along motorways and negotiated rush-hour traffic to reach the Belgian capital.
To ensure that drivers get the most from each charge, the I-Pace is packed with technologies to optimise energy efficiency.
Before the journey begins, pre-conditioning can automatically heat or cool the battery to reach its ideal operating temperature and set the cabin to the desired temperature. Using power from the grid to do this instead of drawing current from the battery is more efficient and maximises range. The navigation system takes account of route topography and driving style to calculate range on any given journey and can plot the most energy-efficient route available. It will also alert the driver if the programmed destination cannot be reached and will help to find charging stations within range – using a 100kW DC rapid charger can add up to 100km of extra range in just 15 minutes.
The instrument cluster can show how much energy certain systems, such as climate control, are using, and how much range could be gained by switching them off. If equipped with four-zone climate control, the Smart Climate feature uses the restraint system’s sensors identifying seat occupancy to determine how many people are in the vehicle and only heat or cool the area around each of them, maintaining comfort while minimising energy consumption.
Priced from £58,495 including government incentives, the premium car did not hop on the Channel Tunnel train but motored through the service tunnel to complete the full distance with battery power to spare.