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Jaguar develops energy-storage unit using Range Rover batteries


Jaguar develops energy-storage unit using Range Rover batteries

By Nick Carey

LONDON (Reuters) – Jaguar Land Rover has developed a mobile energy storage unit for sale in partnership with UK startup Allye Energy using used batteries from plug-in hybrid Range Rover models, the two companies said on Tuesday.

The companies said a single Allye MAX Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) uses second-life batteries from seven Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and can store 270 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy, or enough to power a British home for close to a month.

The European Union has mandated that over the next decade a growing proportion of materials in EV batteries must be recycled and that automakers focus on second-life uses for batteries – such as energy storage that uses healthy batteries that no longer have sufficient power to move EVs a long distance.

The MAX BESS can charge up to nine Range Rover PHEVs at a time and can be recharged using a standard EV charger.

JLR said the storage unit can replace a diesel generator and the first one will be used by the automaker’s engineering team for tests of the new Range Rover Electric that is due to launch later this year.

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“Developing second-life battery projects like this is crucial if we want to make sustainability real in JLR,” Reuben Chorley, JLR’s director for sustainable industrial operations, said in a statement.

In January Synetiq, the UK’s largest vehicle salvage company, said it would provide salvaged EV battery packs for Allye to use in energy storage units.

 

(Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by Susan Fenton)

 

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