Jaguar, Pramac develop zero-emission energy storage unit powered by used I-Pace batteries

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In a recent press release, Jaguar shared the developments in its latest project: a zero-emission energy storage unit powered by used I-Pace batteries. The undertaking was made in collaboration with Pramac, a portable and stationary generator manufacturer.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What batteries does the Off-Grid Battery ESS use?

    It uses second-life batteries from Jaguar I-Pace prototypes and test units.
  • What is the power capacity of the Off-Grid Battery ESS?

    It has a capacity of 125kWh
  • Pramac’s Off-Grid Battery Energy Storage System (ESS) uses lithium-ion cells from Jaguar I-Pace prototypes and test units to supply zero-emission power where access to the mains supply is limited or unavailable.

    The Off-Grid Battery ESS was put through its paces after being used to run the Jaguar TCS Racing team’s cutting-edge diagnostic equipment to analyze the car's track performance and to supply auxiliary power to the Jaguar pit garage as they prepare or the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

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    “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. 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,” said Jaguar Land Rover Battery Manager Andrew Whitworth.

    The Off-Grid Battery ESS boasts a capacity of 125kWh, which according to the Coventry-based luxury carmaker, is more than enough to charge the I-Pace or to power a regular family home for a week.

    In addition, the flagship ESS system aligns with Jaguar’s sustainability goals as it is charged using solar panels and offers a self-contained solution that consists of a battery system linked to a bi-directional converter and the associated control management systems.

    “We have been privileged to work so closely with Jaguar Land Rover who is a hugely supportive partner in our journey to successfully build a robust product and a commercially viable business case using second-life EV modules. This brings a new element to the sustainability story as a manufacturer of energy-efficient and carbon-reducing technology. We look forward to continuing the journey with Jaguar Land Rover and providing innovative charging infrastructure solutions to support the electrification of their class-leading vehicles,” said Pramac Director Danny Jones.

    Aside from collaborating with industry leaders like Pramac, Jaguar TCS Racing is committed to the Gen3 era of Formula E. The racing team looks to help the Jaguar Land Rover brand develop new sustainable technologies, set new benchmarks in quality with its partners, and support cement Jaguar’s name as an all-electric luxury brand.

    “Formula E is the world’s first net carbon zero sport since inception. Jaguar TCS Racing is always looking at improving our carbon footprint and using the storage system provides us with an innovative renewable energy solution for testing. To use second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries completes this sustainable circle and showcases the team’s ‘Race To Innovate’ mission,” said Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal James Barclay.

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    Ultimately, this shows the quality of the batteries used in the Jaguar I-Pace as it can still be used in different ways after it has served its main purpose. 

    Jaguar said that the Off-Grid Battery ESS will be made available for hire. The units are fitted with Type 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) charge connections with dynamic control and rated at up to 22kW AC to allow electric vehicle charging.

    Photos from Jaguar 

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