AN ELECTRIFYING FEAT
There are many inhibitions regarding electric vehicles, but all those doubts are being put to rest by manufacturers one by one. The latest achievement comes in form of the Jaguar I-Pace which completed an ‘Everesting Challenge’ by climbing 8,848m – the height of Mount Everest – on a single charge from its 90kWh battery. The Jaguar I-Pace shrugged off the steep inclines, twisting tarmac and near freezing temperatures of the UK’s highest paved road to successfully reach Great Dun Fell in Cumbria with Olympic and World champion cyclist, Elinor Barker MBE at the wheel.
Great Dun Fell is home to the highest surfaced road in the UK. The narrow ribbon of asphalt is defined by a series of sweeping bends and gradients of up to 20 per cent as it climbs 547m from the start point used for the challenge to a peak of 848m. The concept of Everesting is simple, yet extreme — complete a series of runs up an incline until achieving an elevation gain of 8,848m. Hence the I-Pace did 16.2 loops to achieve this feat.