I-PACE ‘Climbs Everest’ On A Single Charge

Tue 8th Jun 2021

Not content with winning almost every award under the sun, including this month’s AutoTrader New Car of the Year title, Jaguar’s innovative I-PACE has now reached the peak of its powers.

Some might say that Jaguar are showing off with their latest demonstration, but the classic UK brand really are at the pinnacle when they claim that their electric vehicle can climb the world’s tallest mountain on one single charge.

While we are yet to see any vehicle actually ascent Mount Everest in the Himalayas, the concept of Everesting is one whereby you can achieve the equivalent height of Everest, simply by making a series of runs up an incline until you have reached the equal height of 8,848m.

Everesting is popular with cyclists, so Jaguar asked Olympic and World champion cyclist, Elinor Barker MBE to jump behind the wheel and complete the challenge, on the UK’s highest surfaced road, Great Dun Fell in Cumbria.

Elinor completed 16.2 repeats of the 3.6 mile ascent, and still had 80 miles of charge remaining after reaching the same height as Everest. The feat was achieved by utilising the I-PACE’s regenerative braking technology, which generated approximately 60 per cent of the added available energy.

“The advanced regenerative braking system developed for the I-PACE is a defining feature of the driving experience,” said Jack Lambert, Jaguar Racing Engineer. “Lessons learned through our Formula E programme on the track ensure I-PACE customers enjoy benefits on the road in terms of optimised range. The regenerative braking also provides up to 0.4g of deceleration so Elinor would only have been using the conventional friction brakes at two or three points on each run.”

Having covered 124-miles (199.6km) in total, including an eight-mile drive to the start point on the fell, the I-PACE completed its energy intensive challenge with 31 per cent battery charge remaining.

“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,” said Elinor after achieving the target.