ABB will supply charging technology in Formula E’s third generation of racing which will commence from the 2022/23 season – the series’ ninth year of competition.
Earlier this month, details on Formula E’s Gen3 car were released and alongside increased power outputs in qualifying and race modes and greater regenerative braking power, information on a new battery system was also revealed.
Supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering – who supplied batteries in the championship from 2014-2018 – the new battery technology will see improved energy density, lifecycle, durability, power capability, and most notably, fast charging.
Working in collaboration with the FIA and Formula E, ABB, the series’ Title Partner, are working on the development of portable charging solutions with the capability of charging two cars simultaneously, incorporating prior knowledge following the installation of 14,000 DC fast chargers across 80 countries worldwide.
“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is more than a race – it is our test-bed for innovative electromobility technologies, driving development to the production line of electric vehicles and ultimately contributing to a cleaner environment for all,” said ABB Electrification President Tarak Mehta.
“We are very proud to be associated with Formula E and the FIA’s decision to elevate the race series to World Championship status in Season 7 enhances Formula E’s growing impact.”
Formula E Founder Alejandro Agag continued: “Since ABB joined as the FIA Formula E Championship’s title partner in Season 4, they have worked closely with us to develop the series as a proving ground for race-to-road technology development that promotes our founding purpose of accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles to counteract climate change. We are looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together through our long-term partnership.”
Jamie Reigle, Formula E CEO, added: “As Formula E builds on the first successful phase of our partnership with ABB, we are delighted to extend our relationship through a deeper level of integration in Gen3. ABB will provide critical charging technology that will improve the racing product and showcase the potential of enhanced charging capabilities for electric vehicles.”