The software update uses data gathered from the I-Pace eTrophy racing series to improve the car’s battery performance and range
Jaguar has issued a software update for the all-electric I-Pace SUV, which draws on the data gathered by its single-make I-Pace eTrophy racing series to optimise the car’s powertrain and range. The software is standard on all new I-Paces ordered from now, although existing owners can visit their nearest dealership to have the latest software installed free of charge.
Most notably, Jaguar’s new software update adds 12 miles of real-world range to the I-Pace. The SUV’s maximum WLTP figure remains unchanged at 292 miles, but a host of marginal upgrades to the car’s battery, cooling system and energy recovery system have increased its efficiency by eight per cent under everyday driving conditions.
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The I-Pace’s 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack can now safely run to a lower state of charge than before, without affecting the car’s driveability or performance – while updates to the SUV’s regenerative braking system allows it to harvest electricity more efficiently under deceleration.
Jaguar has fiddled with the I-Pace’s active radiator vane system, designing a fresh configuration that closes the active vanes more frequently to the benefit of aerodynamic efficiency. Changes to the I-Pace’s all-wheel-drive system also mean the car now is now more frugal in hypermiling ECO mode too.
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Finally, an update to the I-Pace’s predictive range calculation algorithm delivers a more accurate representation of the car’s remaining charge, while being reflective of the user’s personal driving style.
Performance remains identical to the pre-update model, with the I-Pace sporting a 0–62mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. When plugged into a 100kW DC fast-charger, the I-Pace will recover 80 per cent of its battery capacity in 40 minutes, while the same charge with a 7kW AC wallbox charger will take just over 10 hours.
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