How teams and drivers manage their vehicles’ energy remains a key factor for good results in Formula E. Even with the third-generation (Gen3) car, which series promoters say will have more power, the autonomy issue will remain crucial in the development of each race.
In this sense, the Jaguar Racing team is implementing several actions, in order to add efficiency to its batteries and have optimal storage for the E-Prix that are about to be disputed during Season 8, currently underway.
One of the team’s strategies to support its participation in Formula E is the use of recycled batteries from theI-Pace,the brand’s electric SUV.
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The used car forms the basis of the Off-Grid Energy Storage System (ESS) developed by portable generator company Pramac. It is charged by solar panels and uses cells from an I-Pace battery pack to provide a mobile power source where grid power may not be available, such as a Formula E paddock.
Jaguar used the ESS during preseason testing in the UK and Spain, where the batteries powered diagnostic equipment for the race cars and provided auxiliary power for the team’s garage.
According to an official statement from the team, they are considering further use of mobile energy storage, as with the Formula E scenario of using temporary street circuits, there are no permanent garages with grid-connected power supplies, so this would be an interesting alternative.
I-Pace Battery Structure
The car arranged to recycle its batteries and supply them to Jaguar’s Formula E single-seater, features Pramac’s state-of-the-art technology system, which has a capacity of 125 kwh, with AC charging capability of 22 kw for electric vehicles.
The I-Pace was upgraded with a new interface and faster charging in 2020, but those upgrades were held for the U.S. until this 2022. According to Jaguar, the I-Pace’s slow interface and inconsistent range have been its main issues with this model in early introductions.
Jaguar is offering at least an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty, which guarantees a 70% state of charge. That anticipates battery degradation limits, and once the battery pack can no longer be used for automotive or energy storage applications, Jaguar claims it is 95% recyclable.
The next Jaguar EVs will be built from a new platform called Panthera, with the aim of giving the manufacturer a unique design and marking a significant change in the industry.
Written by I Jhonattan González