News Jaguar mobile app addresses EV range anxiety in real time

21:16  12 july  2018
21:16  12 july  2018 Source:   autofile.ca

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An oft-cited reason people don’t buy electric cars is “ range anxiety ” — if batteries struggle to take you as far as gas and charging stations are limited in number But there is another obstacle: charging time trauma. Compared with a five-minute pit stop at your local gas station, charging an electric vehicle is a

The Go I-Pace app offers real-world data based on user's car trips.© Provided by Autofile Go I-Pace app

With its I-Pace electric vehicle just about ready to hit the streets, Jaguar is striving to alleviate the range anxiety that prevents many car-buyers from considering an EV for their next purchases.

The company has developed a mobile app that predicts how an electric vehicle would behave during your current vehicle use.

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Range anxiety is the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination and would thus strand the vehicle's occupants. The term, which is primarily used in reference to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), is considered to be one of the major barriers to large scale adoption of all-electric cars.

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“Making the switch to EV ownership is a big decision. We’re confident anyone who experiences the I-Pace will relish its engaging driving dynamics, performance, practicality and comfort,” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director for I-Pace. “What a test drive doesn’t show is the lower running costs and convenience of living with our electric performance SUV on a daily basis. The Go I-Pace app is designed to help potential customers make an informed decision.”

Currently available only in the UK for iPhones and coming soon for Android devices, the Go I-Pace app virtually calculates the electricity spent and how much range remains in the batteries. It also keeps track of the time the car is down to tell the owner how many times the vehicle would need to be charged per week, as well as calculating if the vehicle would need to be plugged in mid-day and for how long to top up the range.

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Range anxiety remains one of the main reasons why some drivers would hesitate switching to an electric vehicle, so the new Jaguar Go I-PACE app has been developed by the automotive brand to help drivers better understand EV ownership.

These projections typically change in real time , giving you an idea of how Many drivers address this problem by getting accounts with multiple networks, just to ensure they are covered wherever they go. Range anxiety really only becomes an issue for longer trips, or other unusual circumstances.

Drivers can also check the data in real time to check how much money they would have saved with an electric vehicle instead of their current one, by entering their real-world fuel-economy as they drive and fill up their vehicle’s fuel tank. It uses accredited data sources (such as government information) to calculate the cost of electricity and fuel.

Statistics show that many drivers drive far fewer kilometres than they attribute to their needs for an electric vehicle, with an estimation of just 2% of most trips exceeding 80 km (which would mean that the I-Pace could complete about 98% of most daily driving needs without charging). An interactive map shows potential recharging points according to the vehicle’s location.

The app works in the background collecting information without the user having to log anything, except fuel stops. The app will prompt for confirmation of “unusual” routes, such as if the iPhone is used on a cycling run.

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“It can be hard for drivers to understand how an EV would fit into their day-to-day lives. The Go I-Pace app makes this possible by providing personalised information about how the Jaguar I-Pace could work for them based on real-world data,” said EV expert and broadcast personality Robert Llewelyn, creator of the YouTube series Fully Charged. “I’ve no doubt the app will surprise many users with the scale of the potential cost savings and by revealing how little change to their driving habits I-Pace ownership would actually make.”

Llewelyn spend a week with the Go I-Pace app, logging 586 km over 19 trips and spending $115 Canadian in fuel. The Go I-Pace app calculated the costs of using an I-Pace for the same purposes would have been about $42.

The I-Pace can get an 80%-charge in 85 minutes through a public DC rapid charger or spend 10 hours plugged in at night to get batteries to the same level through the home standard AC outlet.

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