New Software Update Adds 12 Miles of Range in Jaguar’s First EV: I-Pace

Jaguar offered “an early holiday present” to its electric vehicle customers. The company is releasing a software update to its first electric car, the I-Pace, which will grant the SUV 12 extra miles of range. The British automaker says it was able to extract the bonus range out of the electric SUV’s 90kWh battery pack because of the analysis made in the I-Pace racing series.

From 234 Miles to 246 Miles 

Before the update, the I-Pace had a range of 234 miles on a full battery (estimated by EPA). After the update, the I-Pace will be able to cruise as far as 246 miles in certain conditions.

The rise in the range is great news for the owners who have spent at least $70,000 on the I-Pace. Jaguar said the update could help pump the confidence of potential customers. Current I-Pace owners will have to receive the upgrade from a Jaguar dealership by taking their SUVs to the spot. However, Tesla releases software updates over the air (and quite often to boot). Jaguar says that over-the-air software updates will be possible after the installation of this particular update.

Jaguar is one of the many automakers that compete in Formula E, which is a five-year-old global all-electric racing series. But in 2018, the company released a dedicated I-Pace support series to Formula E. The new software update will do a more efficient job in extracting the power from the two electric motors to the wheels. The company has also deduced a way to better manage the battery pack’s heat, allowing the car to shut its cooling vents more frequently, which cuts aerodynamic drag. Drivers will also be able to run the I-Pace at a lower state of charge.

According to Jaguar, a part of credit for the range boost goes to the data coming off the thousands of I-Paces that hit the road over the past year.  The updated I-Paces will improve the performance of motors to help with braking, which delivers more energy back into the battery. Jaguar also says it has refined its range calculation algorithm to more accurately reflect the number of miles left at any given moment.

Orthodox car companies are not known for their software tweaks, to say the least. So it’s great to watch Jaguar explore a way to derive another dozen miles out of its battery packs so early into the I-Pace’s life. Moreover, the company is providing extra miles to all existing I-Pace owners for free, even if it requires a trip to the dealership.

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