Formula E

The Formula E series is designed to push the forefront of EV technology. Hence the specifications get more demanding each year and make a jump in design at each generation. There are now two battery packs that we have explored in detail and a third on the horizon.

Generation 1 2014

The introduction of Formula E started with a pack designed by Williams Advanced Engineering and using an Xalt pouch cell.

Generation 2 2019

Designed by Altieva / McLaren Applied Technologies using the Murata 18650 cell. This was the end of car swapping. Nearly double the energy content of the first generation of pack, but a significant increase in total mass.

Generation 3 2022

The high level specifications for this battery are impressive, a significant improvement in power and energy density. The total energy has dropped, but the mass has dropped significantly. This generation also brings very high charging to the pitlane mid-race.

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History of Formula-E

Formula E is a relatively recent addition to the world of motorsports, focusing on electric-powered cars. The series was officially launched in 2014 by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the same organization that governs Formula 1. Here’s a brief history of Formula E:

  1. Inception (2012-2014): The idea for a global electric car racing series began to take shape in 2012. The FIA officially announced the creation of Formula E in August 2013, aiming to promote electric vehicles, sustainability, and clean energy. Alejandro Agag, a Spanish businessman, played a crucial role in the formation of the series.
  2. First Season (2014-2015): The inaugural season of Formula E took place in 2014-2015, featuring ten teams and a total of 11 races held in cities around the world. The races took place on temporary street circuits, promoting electric vehicles in urban environments. The first-ever race was held in Beijing, China, on September 13, 2014, and the championship culminated in London in June 2015.
  3. Expansion and Development (2015-2018): In subsequent seasons, Formula E continued to expand its calendar and attract more manufacturers and teams. The series maintained its focus on city-center street circuits, racing in locations such as Paris, New York, Berlin, and Mexico City. The car technology also evolved, with advancements in battery technology increasing the performance and range of the electric vehicles.
  4. Gen2 Era (2018-2019): The 2018-2019 season marked the introduction of the Gen2 car, a significant advancement in technology. The Gen2 car featured improved battery capacity (200kW Gen1 to 250kW) and improved regeneration (150 kW to 250kW), allowing drivers to complete an entire race without the need for a mid-race car swap, which was a feature of the Gen1 cars. Top speed also increased from 225 to 280 km/hr. Thus making it more exciting. Energy recovery is at approx 25% up from 15% for Gen1.
  5. Global Recognition (2019-2021): Formula E gained increased recognition and credibility as more major manufacturers joined the series, including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW, and Nissan. The championship continued to showcase the potential of electric vehicles and became a competitive platform for both established and new teams.
  6. Gen3 Era (2022-2023): This season marked the introduction of the Gen3 car. Gen3 is lighter, faster and more sustainable. Gen3 battery capacity further increase from 250kW Gen2 to 350 kW. Regeneration maximum also increase from 250 kW to 600 kW a big big jump. This meant approx energy recovery is one of the biggest in the world for an electric car at approx 40%.

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