Jaguar has just proved to the world that the I-PACE all-electric SUV can cure the very thing that gives jitters to would-be EV buyers – losing battery while in a long road trip. This, in a seemingly coincidental fashion, almost coincides with the unveiling of its rival, the Mercedes EQC, which is at par with the I-PACE in almost everything except for its range. In a real-world test drive, the Jaguar I-PACE completed a 369-km drive in just one full charge.
The real-world test of the Jaguar I-Pace started in London’s South Bank, with its 90kWh battery charged to the brim. It headed to the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone, which is the start of its 50-km long journey through the world’s longest undersea tunnel.
After the tunnel, the I-PACE, with Jaguar engineer Stephen Boulter behind the wheel, headed east towards the historic Mons Des Arts in central Brussels. In doing so, the all-electric SUV went through motorways and rush hour traffic, making sure that it would cover all traffic types and ultimately bringing the I-PACE close to how it should be running in the real world. The test ended with 8% battery charge still left in reserve.
With 369-km range proven in the real world, the Jaguar I-PACE is 101-km short of its announced 470-km range last year (WLTP cycle). However, it still has the upper hand on the EQC and its announced 320 km range. Take that, Mercedes.
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.
The I-PACE is equipped with a 90kWh Lithium-ion battery, which enables the car to reach 97 km/h from standstill within 4.5 seconds. It can charge from empty to 80% in just 40 minutes using a 100kW DC charger, while home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will take you 10 hours to get to the same level of battery charge.