Jaguar Highlights Electric Car Efficiency By Crossing The Channel To Brussels

The Jaguar I-PACE drove 229 miles (369 km) from London to Brussels on a single charge with 8% battery charge left in reserve when it arrived

17 September 2018


One of the many reasons we love electric vehicles (EV) is, presumably, because we love efficiency. Compared to the woefully pushy, but highly asthmatic, internal combustion engine (ICE), the electric motor “suffers” from the opposite problem — it’s too darn efficient. In fact, it’s so efficient that it needs to tune down. A gasoline engine requires better airflow, less friction, again and again just to make it 40% efficient (and only within a restricted RPM range) whereas an electric motor is easily 85% efficient. Must we go on? Jaguar just showed how efficient the electric drivetrain is.

If you want to claim something, then prove it. Jaguar has put the I-PACE through its paces in various environments. Our very own Steve Hanley was fortunate enough to cover the official unveiling in Portugal. Since then, the car was prominently shown three weeks ago at Pebble Beach. More recently, Jaguar demonstrated that its I-PACE is very efficient EV (with a fairly large battery) by driving from south of London to Brussels and arriving with electricity to spare.


The Jaguar I-PACE drove 229 miles (369 km) from London to Brussels on a single charge with 8% battery charge left in reserve when it arrived. Using its full 90 kWh battery pack, it headed for the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone and took the service Channel Tunnel under the sea for about 31 miles (50 km).