The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE successfully completed the ‘Everesting Challenge’ by climbing 8,848m – the height of Mount Everest – on a single charge. The performance SUV was driven by Olympic and World champion cyclist, Elinor Barker MBE. The Everesting Challenge is simple, yet extreme: complete a series of runs climbing an incline until achieving an elevation gain of 8,848m – equal to the height of Mount Everest. The popularity of this endurance challenge boomed among cyclists during the pandemic.
The performance SUV climbed, what the cyclists call ‘Britain’s Mont Ventoux’ - a reference to the daunting Alpine Mountain stage in the Tour de France – Great Dun Fell houses some of the highest surfaced roads in the UK. The narrow road has a series of bends and gradients of up to 20% as it climbs 547m from the start point used for the challenge to a peak of 8,848m. Elinor completed 16.2 repetitions of the 5.8km climb (11.6km loop) using the I-PACE's regenerative braking technology to generative approximately 60% of additional available energy over the total of 16 descents. Even after covering 199.6km in total, including an 13km drive to the start point, the I-PACE completed this challenge with 31% battery charge remaining, which is enough to drive 128.7km more.
“I watched with fascination as cyclists took up the Everesting challenge during lock down – even as a professional rider, it’s a daunting feat of endurance, so I was happy to do it behind the wheel of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. When I found out that Jaguar Racing drivers typically need to regenerate 30 per cent of their I-TYPE's battery capacity in a Formula E race, as a competitor I naturally wanted to beat that figure! I’m delighted to have smashed that target – all while enjoying the comfort, silent power delivery and single-pedal driving of the I-PACE" says Elinor Barker MBE.
The Jaguar I-PACE can accelerate from 0-100km in 4.8 seconds, and has a range of up to 470 km (WLTP). The Pivi Pro navigation system is advanced to locate suitable connections and route data, it can even show if a charger is available or not, what it costs and how long it may take to charge. With a 50kW DC and 100kW DC chargers, the I-PACE only takes around 15 minutes to add 63km and 127km of range respectively.
Successfully completed the ‘Everesting Challenge’ in a single run, on a single charge, makes the I-PACE a truly exceptional car, all thanks to its regenerative braking technology! What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments below.
So Land Rover did the Dragon Challenge and Jaguar did the Everesting challenge? This looks promising. Some hope for EVs going mainstream.
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