Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced it has partnered with energy storage start-up Allye Energy, to create a new Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), using second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV batteries.

The BESS weighs less than 3.5 tonnes, allowing it to be fully portable or stationary, to provide energy storage for retailers or JLR sites. This, JLR says, would help JLR’s network of over 3000 retailers better leverage renewable energy such as solar and act as energy buffers to support fast charging where the local grid connection may be restricted. The unit will also be commercially available for use outside of JLR.

JLR says each BESS utilises seven second-life batteries, and can store 270kWh of energy – nearly a month’s worth of power for the average UK home.

The unit is reportedly the first BESS to be commercially available with JLR battery packs and will be available for use outside of JLR.

The BESS is capable of fully recharging up to nine Range Rover PHEV vehicles at once, to provide zero emissions charging during testing for the new Range Rover Electric, launching later this year.

The BESS will power over 1000 hours of testing, saving more than 15,494kg of CO2 during the course of a year – equivalent to one passenger taking seven round-trip flights from London to New York.

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Jonathan Carrier, CEO of Allye said: “Our collaboration with JLR exemplifies a shared commitment to sustainable innovation, driving us closer to a future powered by clean energy solutions.”

François Dossa, Executive Director, Strategy and Sustainability at JLR said: “Our Reimagine strategy is all about shifting our mindset to consider circular over linear business models. This battery innovation and partnership with Allye demonstrates the value we can create from repurposing and reusing batteries, such as from our Range Rover vehicles.”

As part of its Reimagine strategy, JLR is investing £15 billion into electrification by building a comprehensive EV ecosystem.