The distance a vehicle can travel with a full tank of gas or a single full charge is important to any driver. This is why most carmakers reveal the range of their vehicle offerings. With the first example of the I-Pace already delivered to its retail customer, Jaguar has released its MPGe estimates for its electric SUV. Sad to say, but the Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t measure to its EV competitors in terms of electric range.
When Jaguar said that the new I-Pace electric SUV would be getting a large battery as its core, expectations were high for its electric range – until it release its estimated MPGe figures. MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), as how the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) converts the power consumed by an EV into a term that is familiar to most Americans. MGPe is essentially how far an electric car can travel on the amount of energy that is equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.
According to Jaguar, the new I-Pace returns 80 MPGe city, 72 MPGe highway and 76 MPGe combined. This means that the Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 234 miles in all-electric range in a single charge from its 90-kWh battery. That may sound impressive, but wait until its electric range is compared against other EVs, in particular the Tesla Model X that is considered as its main rival as both are electric SUVs.
The Tesla Model X 75D features a battery pack with a smaller capacity than the Jaguar I-Pace (75 kWh vs. 90 kWh). Despite that, the Model X 75D is rated by the EPA to return 238 miles, or 4 miles than the estimated range of the I-Pace. The Model X 75D is EPA-rated to offer an economy of 91 MPGe city, 95 MPGe highway and 93 MPGe combined.
Model X once had a version that was powered by a 90-kWh battery pack, which has same capacity as the one on the I-Pace. This version, the Model X 90D, had an EPA-rated range of 257 miles. The Model X can now be availed as the 100D or P100D, both offering a 100-kWh battery. This battery allows the Model X 100D and P100D to be EPA-rated at 295 miles and 289 miles, respectively.
Even the smaller Hyundai Kona EV, which features a smaller 64-kWh battery, can return 258 miles.
While it may lose in terms of efficiency, the Jaguar I-Pace may have an edge against the Model X. Jaguar says the I-Pace can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. On the other hand, the Model X 75D and 100D can complete the sprint in 5.2 seconds and 4.9 seconds respectively. The Model X P100D, meanwhile, can zoom past the I-Pace in the sprint, as it can zoom from nil to 60 mph for as quick as 3.1 seconds.