JLR Signs Energy Storage Deal for its Second-Life Batteries

Jaguar Land Rover plans to recycle its BEV battery packs into providing static energy storage units.

It has partnered with Pramac to develop a portable zero-emission energy storage unit powered by second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries. Pramac’s off grid battery energy storage system (ESS) will feature lithium-ion cells from JLR batteries taken from prototype and engineering test vehicles to supply zero-emission power where access to the mains supply is limited or unavailable.

The partnership is the first in automaker’s plans to create new circular economy business models for its vehicle batteries. As part of its commitment to net zero status by 2039, the company says it will be launching programs that deliver second life and beyond uses for its electric vehicle batteries.

It estimates that second-life battery supply for stationary applications, like renewable energy storage, could exceed 200 gigawatt-hours per year by 2030, creating a global value over $30Bn. This flagship system has a capacity of up to 125kWh, enough to fully charge Jaguar’s I-Pace or to power an average family home for a week. Pramac directly reuses up to 85% of the vehicle battery supplied by JLR within the storage unit, including modules and wiring. The remaining materials are recycled back into the supply chain.

Charged from solar panels, the unit is a self-contained solution that 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 (EV) charge connections with dynamic control and rated at up to 22kW AC to allow electric vehicle charging.

Andrew Whitworth, battery manager, circular economy team at JLR, said: “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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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