JLR recycles I-Pace batteries for off-grid storage

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a circular economy initiative to reuse I-Pace batteries in an off-grid, solar-powered energy storage solution.


Known as the ‘Off Grid Battery Energy Storage System’ (ESS), the product has been developed in partnership with generator specialist Pramac. The ESS has a capacity of up to 125kWh, which according to JLR is more than enough to fully charge its all-electric I-Pace SUV, or to power a regular UK family home for a week.

Charged from solar panels, the unit is a self-contained system consisting of batteries linked to a bi-directional converter and the associated control management systems. Available for commercial hire, the units are fitted with Type 2 EV charge connections with dynamic control and rated at up to 22Kw AC to allow fast charging.

Pramac directly reuses up to 85 per cent of the vehicle battery supplied by JLR within the storage unit, including modules and wiring. JLR says the remaining materials are recycled back into the supply chain.

“The transition to an electric future, with Jaguar becoming all-electric from 2025 and the first all-electric Land Rover model expected in 2024, is integral to our sustainability strategy through the development of a comprehensive EV ecosystem from batteries to charging,” said François Dossa, executive director for Strategy & Sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover.

“Our collaboration with Pramac is a proof point in such direction, showing how it’s possible to supply zero-emission power through the combination of renewables and second life batteries. Through their testing at Valencia, the Jaguar TCS Racing team have shown how we can inspire the whole ecosystem to continue to explore synergies and validate viable solutions for clean energy.”