For the model year 2019, Jaguar is aiming at a range of 240 miles for its full-electric compact SUV I-Pace. However, recent reports of EPA suggests that the SUV ranked with an approximate range of 234 miles, falling a bit shy from the British automaker’s goals.
The I-Pace carries a 90-kilowatt-hour battery compared to the 75 kWh in Tesla’s Model X. However, EPA results of Tesla proved that the American EV giant did a better job at covering a few miles more than Jaguar with a range of 238 miles. Tesla also offers the Model X in a 100D variant that delivers a range of close to 295 miles of range at the cost of a few extra bucks.
Lesser mile coverage is a major pointer that has been tarnishing the practicality of EVs since its inception. A mile coverage becomes a problem due to longer charging times calls for nothing less than 30 minutes of the owner’s time. However, Tesla and Jaguar might not be the only beacons of the EV segment today. Recently-unveiled Hyundai Kona Electric carries a smaller battery pack but delivers a range of close to 258 miles.
Being fresh in the all-electric segment we wonder if Hyundai would fish as many eyeballs as Tesla and Jaguar. The British manufacturer, with the I-Pace, could prove to capture the flag of the second position with Tesla’s stranglehold on the first. Other companies that are capable of putting up a good fight with close mileage includes the Audi e-Tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC, due in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
We, however, still wonder why the I-Pace fell a few miles short in spite of packing a higher rated battery. An electric car’s range depends largely on temperature as well as driving styles. This might justify some of the inconsistent figures that were observed by other reports.