Jaguar engineer a zero-emission energy storage unit powered by second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries

Kenneth John Updated: March 16, 2022, 12:48 PM IST

Jaguar engineers collaborated with Pramac to create a zero-emission energy storage device powered by Jaguar I-PACE batteries salvaged from prototype and engineering test vehicles.

Pramac's Off Grid Battery Energy Storage System (ESS) will use lithium-ion cells from Jaguar I-Pace batteries with a half-life of one and a half years to provide zero-emission power where access to the mains supply is limited or unavailable.

Jaguar TCS Racing's testing and validation of the Off Grid Battery ESS is an example of race-to-road-to-race cyclical technology transfer. Jaguar TCS Racing's learnings influenced a software-over-the-air (SOTA) upgrade for I-PACE customers that resulted in a real-world range boost of up to 20 km – and now other use cases for the Off Grid Battery ESS based on the racing team's programme are being evaluated.

The system has a capacity of up to 125kWh, according to Jaguar, which is enough to fully charge an all-electric Jaguar I-Pace sports SUV or power a typical family home for a week. The units, which are available for commercial hiring, are equipped with Type 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) charge connections with dynamic control and are rated at up to 22kW AC, according to Jaguar. Finding a second life for batteries after they've been removed from vehicles, according to the business, will help avoid premature recycling and ensure a steady supply of rare elements.

The Jaguar I-Pace has a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that provides a range of up to 470 kilometres. The EV can produce 400 horsepower and 696 pound-feet of torque. In under 4.5 seconds, the I-Pace can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour.

Jaguar TCS Racing has dedicated its long-term future to the Gen3 era of Formula E, as well as partnering with industry giants like as Pramac. The team will also assist Jaguar Land Rover in developing new sustainable technologies, setting new quality standards with its partners, and supporting Jaguar's revival as an all-electric luxury brand beginning in 2025.

James Barclay, Team Principal, Jaguar TCS Racing said: "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."

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