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Everesting is a simple yet extremely challenging concept. It involves cyclists completing a series of runs up an incline until an elevation gain of 8,848m is achieved, which is equal to an ascent of Mount Everest. In a twist of this daunting challenge, we asked Olympic and World champion cyclist Elinor Barker MBE to undertake this feat behind the wheel of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE on just one charge.


Great Dun Fell, the highest surfaced road in the UK, provided the perfect conditions to put the I-PACE to the Everesting test. Barker impressively completed 16.2 repeats of the 5.8km climb using the I-PACE’s regenerative braking technology to generate approximately 60 percent of additional available energy over the total 16 descents. The I-PACE covered 199.6km in total, and completed its energy intensive challenge with 31 percent battery charge remaining, which is enough to drive another 128.7km.

The I-PACE’s regenerative braking system was developed using technology from Jaguar Racing’s Formula E program. Jack Lambert, Jaguar Racing Engineer, said, “The advanced regenerative braking system developed for the I-PACE is a defining feature of the driving experience. Lessons learned through our Formula E program on the track ensure I-PACE customers enjoy benefits on the road in terms of optimised range.”

The I-PACE was preconditioned ahead of the challenge by plugging it in using mains power. Preconditioning automatically heats or cools the battery to reach its ideal operating temperature and sets the desired cabin temperature to optimise range and comfort. Combined with the I-PACE’s outstanding performance, including acceleration from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and up to 470km range, Barker was able to tackle the Everesting challenge with ease.