Why EV owners should be excited about Formula E Attack Charge technology

By | March 30, 2024

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Say what you will about the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, it’s a series that anyone with even a passing interest in EV technology has reasons to keep an eye on.

The latest performance twist and improvement in race-to-road technology, called Attack Charge, is still in the testing phase and is in testing phase. It promises a fast charge of an EV battery that can be completed in just five minutes.

With this weekend’s Tokyo E-Prix, the ABB FIA Formula E series moves closer to the debut of the Attack Charge feature.

Attack Charge is an example of cutting-edge technology designed to directly benefit the EV consumer. It aims to ensure every EV owner has the ability to quickly charge the battery in their street-legal car. It charges at up to 600 kW, significantly faster than the 250-350 kW available from consumer fast chargers.

“It’s so important [to remember] that the charger will ultimately charge your car within five minutes,” Formula E co-founder Alberto Longo said of the breakthrough.

Williams Advanced Engineering is providing the specified charging infrastructure, and series title sponsor ABB is playing a key role in this latest development.

‘I have an EV. Should I worry about the assault charge?’

The short answer is yes. Formula CEO Jeff Dodds presented the case in three ways.

“In my experience, in our research experience,” he said, “there are three things that keep people from wanting to migrate to electric vehicles. The three things they worry about: the cars won’t perform as well and will they look a bit old-fashioned or not as exciting as a petrol or diesel car? The second is battery range: does it last long enough? And the third is, ‘I’m worried about how I’m going to charge it. Is it complicated to charge it?’

“So the reason Formula E is coming to town is to show you that you have a racing car that looks super cool, that can accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in two and a half seconds. Don’t worry about the performance of electric vehicles, because performance is not an issue. The second thing is that we are racing flat out on a race track for about 45 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about the battery performance and the car’s range. And the third thing is that our cars, the fast charging technology that we can demonstrate through our cars, should allay some of the fear that people have about charging their own electric vehicles,” Dodds said. “So when we show up in town it’s just to show people that they don’t have to worry about switching to an electric car.”

Julia Pallé, Formula E’s senior sustainability advisor, said: “When we created the championship ten years ago, most people were not interested in driving electric vehicles. So we had to break those barriers of acceptance. The range, in terms of battery, was not there yet. We showed that we have more than tripled the battery capacity. We have also shown that electric vehicles can be desirable. It is a very important element if you are considering buying a car. You want to be seduced by the car. You have to have an emotion when you see the car, and when you see those electric racing vehicles, which are 100 percent powered by renewable energy, energy makes a huge difference in your own projection to drive an electric vehicle.

“We are using the races as a technology laboratory to advance electrification technology,” she said. “So you see that the car manufacturers in the championship are here [take] the technologies from the garage and transfer them to the road cars to ensure that we will all drive more efficient electric vehicles tomorrow [with] better infrastructure for battery life.”

ABB’s Adrian Guggisberg said Attack Charge “will be a strategic element from a sporting perspective, but again, always to demonstrate to consumers that this is a technology that exists, is available now and will be rolled out on the streets. Now we have realized that the main barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles is not in the cities, but when you and I want to go on vacation and have to drive eight hours and it is impossible to find a route with enough chargers that charges up quickly enough.

“You don’t want to be stuck with your family for five hours while the car is charging. Who wants to do that? We need to show people that the fast charger is there and that you can stop at the station as quickly as you do [need to], charge the car and then go back and do a short drive and go on holiday. That’s why we do that.”

“So, when will it be on track?”

DS Penske engineer Kyle Wilson-Clarke said he knows fans are “keen to see” Attack Charge, but that a few boxes need to be checked first: “It has to deliver racing value, and there’s no point in introducing anything, one , which is potentially not reliable and, secondly, provides no racing value. Reliability is the primary concern.”

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