Legacy automakers find innovation in Formula E’s EV laboratory.

January 27, 2024
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Legacy automakers are turning to the Formula E electric racing series as a laboratory for electric vehicle (EV) technology, according to CleanTechnica. The series offers a competitive platform for research and development and the potential to transfer data results to automakers’ mass production models. Formula E is the first sport in the world to be net zero carbon since inception, making it an interesting match for traditionally internal combustion engine (ICE)-focused manufacturers. Legacy automakers hope to accomplish software innovation to build better mass production EVs with enhanced performance, greater range, and higher efficiency. The series also allows manufacturers to test and develop the latest EV technology, with a particular focus on regenerative power. The Formula E series has seen significant evolution, with the introduction of the all-new GEN3 car, which is lighter, smaller, faster, and more sustainable than previous models. Manufacturers involved in Formula E include Jaguar TCS Racing, Nissan, Porsche, and Stellantis. Some manufacturers, such as BMW and Mercedes, have left the series, while others, like Ford, are redirecting their EV development efforts towards other platforms, such as Formula One.

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