Johnson Matthey to supply cell tech to Virgin Racing
Johnson Matthey has a new partnership to show the eLNO cathode material technology in action. The company teamed up with Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing. They will co-develop what the companies consider the “first-ever” electric race car powered by JM’s new batteries.
Formula E: Audi moves up at Paris ePrix in April weather
The FIA Formula E Championship round 8 took place in the heart of Paris. Under the Eiffel Tower and close to Notre Dame, the all-electric cars took over the narrow Circuit des Invalides. With just 1.93 km in length, the track is one of the shortest on the circuit, but winds around 14 curves that […]
Formula E: Two Germans on podium at Santiago E-Prix
The 3rd Formula E race in Santiago, Chile was a great success from the German point of view. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) placed behind the Brit Sam Bird, who won for the first time this year. Bird’s team Envision Virgin Racing is equipped with a powertrain from Audi, so […]
Ford reportedly looking to enter Formula E
The US American car manufacturer has intensified discussion around entering the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, possibly beginning involvement already this year. They may have to enter as a satellite team, but is moving to secure involvement as the manufacturer slots are becoming scarce.
DS Virgin Racing, NEVS, NREL, Sumitomo Electric.
Virgin teams up with Citroen: The next Formula E season will see teams constructing their own powertrains. For Team Virgin, this will be undertaken by the PSA brand DS. Together, they will appear as the DS Virgin Racing team. While the cooperation is said to be of a technological nature, no technical details are known. DS hopes not only to win races but to transfer its racing technology to road cars, too.
400m dollar EV factory: Saab owner NEVS celebrated the launch of its Chinese venture. The plan is to build up production as well as R&D joint ventures in the Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech zone. The new facility will focus on New Energy Vehicles and aims for an annual capacity of 200,000 units. JV partners are the State Research Information Technology (SRIT) and the IT company, Teamsun.
Afterlife proves valid: Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) set out to identify second use strategies for EV batteries on request of the DoE. By coupling techno-economic analyses with laboratory and field testing, the NREL found utility energy storage to be the the most promising application with the potential to drive down cost and to increase grid stability.
New power transistor for EVs: Sumitomo Electric has developed a new silicon carbide (SiC) power transistor. With its low on-state resistance, high stability, and higher blocking voltage, the semiconductor is particularly suited for electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles.