The rumors are true, and Jaguar I-Pace owners can soon visit their local dealer for a free update to boost the electric vehicle's range. The improved software can add up to 12 miles (19 kilometers) to the crossover range.
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Jaguar says that the tweaks include optimizations to the battery management, thermal systems, and all-wheel drive torque improvements. The regenerative braking also harvests more energy at low speeds, and the range calculation on the instrument panel is more accurate than before. In an example of race cars improving road-going models, the company says that technical knowhow from the I-Pace eTrophy series is the major contributor to making these upgrades.
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"The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy has generated a huge amount of data for us to analyze and those marginal gains, derived from competition on the track, are now being applied to customers’ cars to further enhance their driving experience," said Stephen Boulter, I-Pace Vehicle Engineering Manager, in the software update's announcement.
The 2020 I-Pace has an EPA-estimated range of 234 miles (377 kilometers) before this update. Jag notes that is upgrade doesn't change that figure. However, the company's testing shows the tweaked software provides an eight percent boost in range "dependent on usage."
As an extra bonus, this software upgrade also enhances the I-Pace's ability to get over-the-air updates in the future by making more of the vehicle's electronic modules available for improvements.
Jaguar seems serious about eventually adding a high-performance version of the I-Pace to the lineup, and it would likely take significant inspiration from the eTrophy racer. Expect the model to have a boost in output and possibly a larger battery to keep the range up. Unfortunately, the vehicle could still be years away because the SVO division is working on other projects.
"FROM RACE TO ROAD: JAGUAR ENHANCES AWARD-WINNING I-PACE WITH KNOWLEDGE GAINED FROM THE RACE TRACK
– Jaguar has taken technical knowledge gained from the I-PACE eTROPHY race series to develop a range-boosting software upgrade for I-PACE customers
– Changes to the all-electric SUV will improve battery performance and deliver up to 12 miles of additional real-world range on a full charge
– Race-derived enhancements are delivered through optimization of battery management, thermal systems and all-wheel drive torque improvements
– The update will also add enhanced Software-Over-The-Air functionality
– Jaguar is inviting customers to have the complimentary software update installed at their nearest retailer
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – December 9, 2019 – Jaguar is giving I-PACE customers an early holiday present in the form of a complimentary update for the award-winning all-electric SUV that is designed to deliver increased real-world range. Engineers have applied advanced technical insights from the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race series to optimize the management of battery, thermal and AWD systems to enhance the efficiency of the all-electric powertrain.
Jaguar made history in 2018 with the creation of the I-PACE eTROPHY series – the world’s first all-electric production based international race series – reinforcing its commitment to electric racing while leveraging technical expertise to develop future electric road cars as part of its ‘Race to Innovate’ mission. The series puts the all-electric SUV through extreme use conditions and the first competitive season yielded critical learnings for the durability and thermal control of the battery and torque management systems.
In a continual quest to enhance the customer experience, Jaguar engineers have also analyzed data from more than 50 million miles of real-world journeys from all corners of the world. Every element of the vehicle’s performance is scrutinized to leverage the optimum performance of the systems and maximize efficiency.
“The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has generated a huge amount of data for us to analyze and those marginal gains, derived from competition on the track, are now being applied to customers’ cars to further enhance their driving experience,” said Stephen Boulter, I-PACE Vehicle Engineering Manager. “The new software updates optimize the powertrain control systems to improve efficiency and allow I-PACE drivers to travel even further on a single charge without any hardware changes – it really is a case of the vehicle getting better with age.”
The all-wheel drive I-PACE is the Jaguar brand’s first full battery-electric vehicle and has an EPA estimated range of up to 234 miles from a single charge of its 90kWh lithium-ion battery1. While the new software upgrade doesn’t change the official certified range figure, the marginal gains developed from eTROPHY analysis will give customers access to an improvement of up to eight percent dependent on usage – equating to a potential extra 12 miles of real-world range.
The changes derived from the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race series include:
- All-Wheel Drive: Changes to the torque distribution between the front and rear motors will deliver greater efficiency when driving in ECO mode – the system still delivers permanent AWD traction3
- Temperature control: Refinements to thermal management control will make greater use of the active radiator vane system, closing the vanes more frequently to enhance aerodynamic performance more of the time
- Battery Capacity: Updates allow the battery to run to a lower state of charge than previously without affecting drivability, durability or performance
Additional changes derived from real-world data analysis include:
- Regenerative Braking: The vehicle’s brakes will harvest energy more efficiently when the battery is in a high state of charge and the amount of energy recovery has been increased at lower driving speeds to maximize efficiency and range
- Range calculation: Changes to the predictive range calculation algorithm will deliver a more accurate and consistent estimate of vehicle range, while being more reflective of an individual’s driving style
Customers are being invited to take vehicles to their nearest Jaguar retailer to receive the complimentary update. The wide-ranging changes will also enable enhanced Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) functionality4. After receiving the latest software, more electronic modules will be able to receive remote updates, providing ongoing enhancements to the customer experience.
The I-PACE’s state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery offers sports car performance of 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds5 alongside the practicality of 234 miles of all-electric range1, and 0-80 percent charging time of approximately 40 minutes (100kW DC). Home charging with an 230V AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over 10 hours2.
The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV is priced from $69,5006 in the U.S. Configure yours at www.JaguarUSA.com.
1 EPA estimated all-electric range is 234 miles with a fully charged battery and 80 city, 72 highway, and 76 combined MPGe. MPGe is the EPA-equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation. All figures are EPA estimates. Actual range and mileage will vary with driving conditions and style, and other factors.
2 Figures for charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication.
Charging time will vary by market, power supply and charging solution. Please refer to www.jaguarusa.com
for more information.
3 These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner's manual or your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for more details.
4 Visit www.jaguarusa.com/owners/software-update/index.html for details.
5 Always follow local speed limits.
6 All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination / handling charge,
tax, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle
availability may vary. See your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for details."