When buyers shop for an electric car, the total driving range often plays a major role in their purchasing decision. Many automakers agree that buyers should not be worried about range anxiety but offering a vehicle that can travel further on a charge certainly can’t hurt. The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace currently offers an electric all-wheel-drive producing 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque with a driving range of 234 miles courtesy of its 90 kWh lithium-ion battery.

This range is about on par with the lowest range Tesla Model X, but the longest range version can travel 328 miles on a charge. Jaguar has an update that will make it a close fight.

According to Electrek, Jaguar will send I-Pace owners an update that will increase their driving range. I-Pace owner Malcolm Bird sent in an email he received about Jaguar’s “Range Enhancement Program” for the I-Pace. In the email, Bird was told: “These software enhancements will be provided free of charge and will deliver up to 8% range improvement.”

Calculating an 8% increase on the I-Pace’s 234-mile range, the SUV should now be able to travel 252.7 miles on a charge. This is pretty impressive for a software update.

Jaguar says the update was developed through the I-Pace e-TROPHY race car development. “Changes to the torque distribution of the permanent all-wheel-drive system will deliver greater efficiency when driving in ECO mode, while refinements to thermal management control will see the active radiator vanes close more often to enhance aerodynamics. The battery will also run to a lower state of charge than previously without affecting driveability, durability, or performance,” Jaguar said.

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