Formula E Extends Technology Partnership With Enel
By Shantanu Srivastav | April 12, 2018
Formula E has announced that Enel is expanding its partnership as official smart charge technology partner and official power partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Implementing innovative fast-charging technology from next season, Enel will supply the technology, products and services for charging the next generation of Formula E cars from season five and beyond.
The news was revealed today by Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, and Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X – the Enel division dedicated to innovative products and digital solutions – at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome.
With the Gen2 car boasting almost double the energy storage capacity than the current iteration, the futuristic new-look Formula E car will be able to complete a full race distance without making a mid-race car swap. The new superchargers provided by Enel will have the capacity of 80kW – enough to fully-charge the new specification of battery in under an hour.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “It’s fitting to announce the expansion and extension of our successful partnership with Enel at their home race in Rome, so close to their headquarters. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the field of electrification and working with partners such as ABB and Enel with their fast-charging technology is helping us to drive innovation on a global scale with a lasting legacy. Motorsport is about timing – beating the stopwatch and your competitors. This pursuit for speed is also required when powering and charging your car – both at the track, on the streets and at home in the future.”
Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X, added: “Three years after we launched this partnership between Enel and Formula E, today’s announcement of the extension and expansion of our partnership is another step forward in the work we’re doing in the field of electric mobility. Thanks to our charging technology and our Superchargers at each event, the new increased capacity and more efficient next generation Formula E cars will be charged and ready to run the entire race distance. Enel’s Formula E partnership underscores our Group’s commitment to promote the advancement of electric mobility at a global level, furthering our research, development and implementation of innovative technology solutions for sustainable transportation.”