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Ambitious Envision Eyes More Formula E Wins

Envision says that its first season in the Formula E has been a positive experience…

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Envision Energy, the company that owns a majority stake in Envision Virgin Racing, is happy with the results in its first season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

That is the opinion of Envision Energy’s vice president of smart mobility and Envision Virgin Racing’s chairman of the board Franz Jung.

The new-look team was one of only two squads to take three victories during the 2018-19 season after Robin Frijns’ wins in Paris and New York combined with Sam Bird’s early season success in Santiago.

A third place position in the final teams’ standings also ensured that the squad equalled its best ever finish which it also set in the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons.

“As one of the few teams that is not a manufacturer or an OEM we can be more than happy with the season,” Jung told e-racing365.

“We were among the top three teams and for a brand like Envision which has not been widely known before to [win] several E-Prix, well that was a big step forward for us.

Jung also detailed the team’s ambitions to go further up the points table and challenge for titles in the coming seasons.

“Our boss Lei Zhang has been supportive all season being at some races so the marketing and PR platform we have then we can say we are satisfied for [our first season],” said Jung.

“Can we improve in Season Six (2019-20)? Yes. Do we have a plan in place? Also yes.”

Envision’s Clean Energy Infrastructure Unique in Formula E

Jung highlighted the expansive vision and capability of Envision Energy’s progressive growth in several sustainable industries.

One strand of this has been the recent acquisition of the Nissan-owned Automotive Energy Supply Corporation.

This included the controlling stake of all battery production bases in Japan, the U.S. and the UK.

“Most of the teams are working and underlaying their competencies in e-mobility and electric cars. We are not doing this as you know,” said Jung.

“We have an infrastructure to sell which totally matches 100 percent to the format of Formula E which is batteries.

“We have just acquired a storage business from Nissan. Also, clean energy and wind-turbine [capabilities].

“To be honest I am not sure there is one team [in Formula E] that has such an infrastructure available and who can demonstrate this.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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