September 17, 2018

Jaguar charges through Channel Tunnel for cross-continent I-Pace drive

  • Jaguar I-Pace proves its practicality by driving from London to Brussels on a single charge
  • World’s first premium all-electric performance SUV drove though the Channel Tunnel’s service tunnel on its 229-mile (369km) trip to Belgium’s capital
  • Continental road trip showcases I-Pace’s efficiency, refinement and everyday practicality
  • Technologies including ‘smart climate’, ‘eco mode’ and ‘energy-optimised navigation routing’ help drivers get the most from every charge without compromising comfort or driving reward
  • Available to order now, priced from £58,495 in the UK (including government incentives)
  • Watch the trip here:

Whitley: The Jaguar I-Pace has demonstrated its real-world usability by driving 229 miles (369km) from London to Brussels on a single charge.

The all-electric performance SUV began its intercity trip on London’s South Bank, with its 90kWh battery fully charged, before heading to the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone. But unlike the 80 million vehicles that have made the crossing by train since the Channel Tunnel opened, the I-Pace travelled the 50km 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 percent battery charge still in reserve.

Stephen Boulter, vehicle integration manager, Jaguar 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 (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.”

As part of the challenge, the I-Pace cruised along motorways and negotiated rush-hour traffic in the summer heat 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 I-Pace’s state-of-the-art 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 per cent charging time of 40 minutes (100kW DC). Home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours — ideal for overnight charging.

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 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.

To showcase the I-Pace’s everyday usability in the virtual world, Jaguar has launched an intelligent app to help drivers experience life with its all-electric performance SUV before even getting behind the wheel. The Go I-Pace app builds a unique picture of a vehicle’s use and will even show how many journeys, if any, would have needed a stop to top-up the battery. The app is free to download and is available now for iPhones:

Did you know?

  • The amount of energy the I-Pace used to carry out this 229- mile (369km) trip is the equivalent of the energy generated from just 41 turns of a wind turbine, taking just under two minutes*.
  • If  you were to take 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:
    • Reduce your CO2 consumption by up to nearly half a tonne (476kg) per year*.
    • Save nearly £1,000 (£945) per year in fuel*.

*All calculations are made with manufacturer’s figures and average fuel and electricity prices in the UK. Correct at time of going to press.