When much of how a car operates is defined by software, changing driving behavior can be as simple as rewriting some code. Jaguar I-Pace owners are getting a real-world lesson in just this fact thanks to a software update that improves the all-electric SUV’s range, handling, and regenerative-braking style. Jaguar announced the improvements today and said that they are due to lessons the company learned through its all-electric I-Pace eTROPHY racing series as well as analysis of 50 million real-world miles.
The full battery range for an I-Pace before the upgrade is 234 miles, according to the EPA, although C/Dfound it hard to achieve that distance. Thankfully, as first reported by Electrek, Jaguar is now telling I-Pace owners that the update will improve the EV’s overall range by “up to 8 percent” in real-world driving conditions thanks to a higher depth of discharge in the battery and improved cell balancing strategy.
On the more generous European WLTP cycle test, the I-Pace is rated at 292 miles of range. Jaguar says that the software update will offer an extra 12 miles in the real world, even as the rated number will not change.
If even 253 miles from a 90.0-kWh battery doesn’t sound all that impressive, that’s probably because you’ve been comparing the Jag with a Tesla. The two companies have different attitudes when it comes to using more of the battery’s total capacity. In the Tesla Model X, for example, the battery pack (believed to be about 115 kWh; Tesla no longer publishes its battery capacities) can be good for up to 328 miles in the Long Range model (305 miles in the Performance version).
Jaguar said the software changes “allow the battery to run to a lower state of charge than previously without affecting drivability, durability, or performance.”
Finally, the regenerative brakes can now kick in at lower speeds than before, and are stronger when the battery has a higher state of charge (i.e., is more fully charged). All of these changes also mean that the car’s in-dash range calculation will be more accurate, Jaguar said.