Jaguar I-PACE defies incline, climbs Everest-equivalent height | – Times of India


WHITLEY: The Jaguar I-PACE shrugged off the steep inclines, twisting tarmac and near-freezing temperatures of the UK’s highest paved road to successfully ‘Everest’ at Great Dun Fell, in Cumbria, on a single charge of its 90kWh battery.
I-PACE is the latest premium electric SUV, which arrived in India.
The SUV model was driven by Olympic and World champion cyclist, Elinor Barker MBE.
The concept of Everesting is simple, yet extreme: complete a series of runs up an incline until achieving an elevation gain of 8,848 m – equal to an ascent of Mount Everest – and the popularity of this endurance challenge boomed among cyclists during the pandemic.
The narrow ribbon of asphalt is defined by a series of sweeping bends and gradients of up to 20 per cent as it climbs 547 metres from the start point used for the challenge to a peak of 848 metres.

Elinor completed 16.2 repeats of the 5.8 km climb (11.6 km loop in total) using the I-PACE’s regenerative braking technology to generate approximately 60 per cent of additional available energy over the total 16 descents.
Having covered 199.6 km in total, including a 12.9 km drive to the start point on the fell, the I-PACE completed its energy-intensive challenge with a 31 per cent battery charge remaining – enough to drive for up to 128.7 km more.
Key to the efficient completion of the Everesting challenge was the I-PACE’s regenerative braking system. Developed using technology from Jaguar Racing’s Formula E program, ‘regen’ is a critical enabler for success on the track. In an average race the I-TYPE 5 generates around 30 per cent of additional energy from regen, without it the car simply wouldn’t make it to the chequered flag.
A feature that enhances the I-PACE’s efficiency is Smart Climate, which uses seatbelt sensors to determine how many occupants are travelling inside, and only heating or cooling the relevant areas of the cabin, maintaining comfort while minimising energy use.
In preparation for the challenge, the I-PACE was preconditioned using the Jaguar Remote App. While the vehicle is plugged in, preconditioning automatically heats or cools the battery to reach its ideal operating temperature and establishes the desired cabin temperature –using mains power. Using the grid to do this instead of drawing current from the vehicle battery optimises the driving range – especially in cold weather.

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