ENERGY STORAGE

Jaguar Land Rover & Allye Energy partner to create portable BESS

April 18, 2024

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has partnered with energy storage start-up Allye Energy, to create a portable battery energy storage system (BESS).

A single Allye MAX BESS holds seven second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEV battery packs that can be removed from the vehicles and slotted into customised racks. Each BESS can store 270kWh of energy at full capacity, enough to “power the average UK household for nearly a month”, a JLR statement said.

The BESS, which is the first to use JLR’s second life Range Rover batteries, can charge up to nine Range Rover PHEVs at any one time, and is designed to be charged by plugging into any CCS-capable Vehicle Charger using the same input as JLR’s existing PHEV and BEV products. In addition, multi-input connectivity via powerlock connections enable it to be connected to renewable power at fixed or off-grid sites.

“The MAX BESS can be used to replace diesel generators, historically relied on by the automotive industry, to power off-grid vehicle launches, events and vehicle tests in remote areas,” the statement said.

The BESS weighs less than 3.5 tonnes, allowing it to be portable or stationary, to provide energy storage for retailers or JLR sites. The unit will also be commercially available for use outside of JLR.

François Dossa, strategy and sustainability executive director at JLR, said: “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. We are creating new value from a used commodity that would otherwise go directly to recycling, keeping them in use for longer, and providing innovative renewable energy storage solutions.”

Jonathan Carrier, CEO of Allye, added: “Our collaboration with JLR exemplifies a shared commitment to sustainable innovation, driving us closer to a future powered by clean energy solutions. The deployment of Range Rover PHEV batteries in the MAX underscores Allye’s agnostic approach to integrating batteries from different models, of different states of health (SoH), and cell chemistries to maximise efficiency and sustainability.”