Jaguar to Use I-PACE Batteries to Power Zero-Emission Energy Storage Unit
Jaguar is moving into the energy storage business and, via the same project, the business of recycling/reusing electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
The British luxury car manufacturer, which announced in 2021 that it would be an all-electric carmaker by 2025, is teaming up with Italian company Pramac – which, amongst many other areas, works in the energy generation sector – to develop a zero-emission energy storage unit powered by second-life Jaguar I-PACE batteries, taken from prototype and engineering test vehicles.
Called the Off Grid Battery Energy Storage System (ESS), Pramac’s technology – which features lithium-ion cells from one-and-a-half, second-life Jaguar I-PACE batteries – supplies zero-emission power where access to the mains supply is limited or unavailable. The Jaguar I-Pace is fitted with a 90kWh lithium-ion battery.
The technology was showcased when used to assist Jaguar TCS Racing to prepare for the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where it was used to run the team’s diagnostic equipment to analyse the race cars’ track performance, and to supply auxiliary power to the Jaguar pit garage.
The flagship ESS system has a capacity of up to 125kWh – which is enough power, Jaguar claims, to fully charge the company’s I-PACE performance SUV, or to power a regular family home for a week.
Charged from solar panels, the unit consists of a battery system linked to a bi-directional converter and the associated control management systems. Available for commercial hire, the units are fitted with Type 2 Electric Vehicle charge connections with dynamic control, and rated at up to 22kW AC to allow EV charging.
Jaguar says the I-PACE battery is perfect for second-life, and even third-life, applications in low-energy situations once battery health falls below the requirements of an electric vehicle. Once the battery does finally come to the end of its usable life, it is also 95 per cent recyclable.
14 April 2022