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Jaguar will use old batteries from its I-PACE models as a portable, zero-emission, energy storage unit.
Called the “Off-Grid Battery Energy Storage System” (ESS), it uses lithium-ion cells from old I-PACE batteries taken from prototype and engineering test vehicles.
Developed in partnership with Pramac, a global energy company that specialises in generators and lighting towers, the storage solution forms part of Jaguar’s plans to develop new circular economy business models for its old vehicle batteries.
“This announcement is a great example of how we will collaborate with industry leaders to deliver our sustainable future and achieve a truly circular economy,” says Andrew Whitworth, Battery Manager, Circular Economy Team at Jaguar Land Rover.
“We’re delighted to be working with Pramac to use Jaguar I-PACE second-life batteries to provide portable zero-emissions power and supporting Jaguar TCS Racing this season was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate what these units are capable of.”
To showcase the capabilities of the storage solution, Jaguar’s TCR Racing team used it to prepare for the 2022 Formula E season whilst testing in the UK and Spain. The ESS unit was used to run the team’s cutting-edge diagnostic equipment analysing the race cars’ track performance and supply auxiliary power to the Jaguar pit garage.
With a capacity of up to 125 kWh the unit has more than enough charge for an I-PACE or to power a regular family home for a week. It can also be charged from solar panels.
Pramac directly reuses up to 85% of the vehicle battery supplied by Jaguar Land Rover within the storage unit, including modules and wiring. The remaining materials are recycled back into the supply chain.
“The transition to an electric future, with Jaguar becoming all-electric from 2025 and the first all-electric Land Rover model expected in 2024, is integral to our sustainability strategy through the development of a comprehensive EV ecosystem from batteries to charging. This includes our effort to enable technical and business innovations for battery reuse for second-life applications,” says François Dossa, Executive Director for Strategy & Sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover.
“Our collaboration with Pramac is a proof point in such direction, showing how it’s possible to supply zero-emission power through the combination of renewables and second-life batteries.”