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Round-Up: I-Pace range extended, Zap-Map offers voice activation, New business mileage app

Jaguar extends I-Pace range

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Jaguar has given I-Pace EV owners a complimentary update that provides an increase in real-world range.

While the new software upgrade doesn’t change the official certified range figure, the marginal gains will give customers access to an improvement of up to 8% dependent on usage – equating to a potential extra 12 miles of real-world range, the company said.

Jaguar said customers are being invited to take vehicles to a dealer to receive the complimentary update, adding the changes will also enable enhanced Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) functionality and after receiving the latest software, more electronic modules will be able to receive remote updates, providing ongoing enhancements to the customer experience.

Zap-Map offers voice activation

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Electric vehicle charging point locator Zap-Map has launched a free voice-activated function on Google Assistant, allowing users to search for EV charge points using voice commands at home, work or on the move – including while driving – using hands-free voice commands.

Available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Google Home and in-car using the latest version of Android Auto, Zap-Map uses natural language processing to provide voice responses to customers’ commands such as ‘find a charger nearby’.

Drivers can access Zap-Map’s database of over 95% of all public charge points to find charge points on route to a destination, or even filter by rapid or non-rapid devices. The information provided on charging locations includes the network operator, driving distance and status updates, including whether a charger is out of order or currently in use, the company said.

Ben Lane, co-founder of Zap-Map, said: “The launch of voice integration on Zap-Map is a huge step towards our mission to accelerate the shift from fossil fuel to electric cars. We are providing a quick and simple way for EV drivers to find out information on charge points at home, on the move and, for the first time ever, hands-free when they most need it – while driving.”

New business mileage app

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A mobile app has been launched to help company car drivers keep track of business mileage by automatically recording all their trips.

Autotrip said its app allows drivers to record every business trip they make using their phone’s GPS, and submit accurate mileage claims from the palm of their hands, as it runs automatically in the background and records every single mile driven.

Drivers can then classify trips made as business or personal with a single swipe, before submitting the mileage claim, including all of their business trips for the month, to their employer.