This is not the first time this issue has come up: what do you do with the spent batteries of an electric car when they no longer have the same capacity? There is a need to find a way to recycle these essential components, and manufacturers are increasingly looking at ways to use these batteries to power other devices later in their life cycle.
The British automaker has teamed up with Pramac to reuse battery packs that have already been used in the brand’s performance crossover. This partnership has been used to reuse batteries from prototypes and other test vehicles to create a zero-emission energy storage system. This energy-conserving battery can be used in places where access to electricity is difficult or even unavailable.
The Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E team has even used the so-called Off Grid Battery Storage System to power its diagnostic equipment and even provide auxiliary power to paddock garages during Formula E World Championship testing in the UK and Spain.
The energy storage system has a capacity of 125 kWh, which is enough to fully charge the Jaguar I-PACE or even power a full-sized house for a week. The system is charged using solar panels. Jaguar, which offers this solution on a commercial lease basis, also claims that the battery, once its useful life is over, can be recycled to 95 percent.
With the number of EVs growing every day around the world, battery recycling will soon become a major issue as Jaguar states: “The supply of second-life batteries for stationary applications, such as renewable energy storage, could exceed 200 gigawatt hours per year by 2030, creating a global value of more than $30 billion.”