Using Second Life batteries from the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar has developed zero-emission energy storage in collaboration with Pramac, a global leader in the energy sector. The mobile storage system (Off Grid Energy Storage System – ESS) from Pramac uses lithium-ion cells from previous prototypes and pre-production models of the all-electric I-PACE. This is intended to deliver emission-free energy wherever access to the public power grid is restricted or non-existent. It is the first partnership within the Jaguar Land Rover project to build new circular economy systems for its vehicle batteries. As part of its commitment to becoming completely carbon neutral in operations by 2039, the company will unveil additional programs that will give its end-of-life batteries in its new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles a second life and beyond.
The stationary use of the batteries of an electric Jaguar or Land Rover, which are designed according to the strictest standards for a long service life, is possible without any problems. When a battery’s state of charge falls below the 70 percent level required for use in electric cars, it can be safely used in a wide range of low-power situations. As a result, Second Life batteries used to store renewable energy can generate up to 200 gigawatt hours annually by 2030, representing a global value creation of over $30 billion.
The most powerful ESS has a capacity of up to 125kWh – more than enough to fully charge the multi-award winning Jaguar I-PACE or power a standard UK family home for a week. Pramac uses up to 85 per cent of the vehicle’s battery supplied by Jaguar Land Rover directly in the storage unit, including the modules and wiring. The remaining materials are fed back into the supply chain.
Charged via solar panels, the unit is a self-contained solution. It consists of a battery system connected to a bi-directional converter and associated control management systems. Units available for commercial rentals are equipped with Type 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging connectors with dynamic control and power up to 22kW AC to enable EV charging.
To demonstrate its capability, the innovative new energy storage system assisted the Jaguar TCS Racing Team during preparations for the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. During testing in Valencia, Spain, it helped run the team’s state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to monitor the performance of the Analyze racing cars on the track. It also supplied auxiliary power to the Jaguar pit garage.
An off-grid battery ESS will also be used in future at the Jaguar Land Rover Experience Center in Johannesburg, South Africa – the largest in the world – to support the power supply from the public grid that fluctuates in phases. For more information: www.jaguarlandrover.com