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Fast Charging Pit Stops to Be Discussed for 2022

Fast charging pit stops could be Formula E’s new big future technical adventure…

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The prospect of fast charging pit stops for future ABB FIA Formula E Championship races is set to be discussed at upcoming rules meetings to decide on the third generation of Formula E car.

The concept for the Gen 3 car is yet to be fully defined but a move to a smaller battery using different material flows could be an attractive proposition for rule-makers in the championship.

E-racing365 revealed last month that the present iteration of Formula E car is likely to be extended to a fourth season meaning that its final campaign could be the 2021-22 season.

This is when the third generation of Formula E car would begin and one of its leading technical advisors says that the possibility of fast charging pit stops should be further explored.

“First, we have to think about when the future of EV technologies and in terms of fast charging and when it is really coming,” professor Burkhard Goeschel, president of the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission, told e-racing365.

“If you introduce charging you asking a lot of things especially in the battery technology. We can use a smaller battery and make the car lighter but for real fast charging you need different electrodes.

At present, silcon carbide electrodes help store energy in the batteries, but if fast charging is to be used for short energy cycles, a shift to more advanced battery technology would need to be made.

“It all means that the electrodes are getting thinner and the energy flow performs better than a classic electrode,” said Goeschel.

“We have not really seriously discussed it yet but in my mind this direction makes sense from the technical side, from the manufacturer value and also from the sporting side.

“A return to pit stops makes sense so that there is a strategic openness in this fifty minutes of a race.

“It is a new technology and we are in a very position with Formula E because everything which is happening here has a direct relationship to sustainable production.”

The next technical working group meeting is set to take place on Dec. 20 at the FIA headquarters in Geneva.

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

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Kris

    November 15, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I believe it will only be possible with the adoption of solid-state-batteries (SSB) which still has to make it ways to consumer electronic goods and EVs – they can charge a much faster rates and they are safer too. FE could lead the charge for SSB but they would have to open battery development too as right now the race is wide open to bring the technology to the market.

  2. Chris

    November 17, 2018 at 11:47 am

    As an EV owner for 2 years, I personally don’t see any reason for that type of speed of charging. The way you live with the car changes, you charge it at whatever speed suits the current situation. Whether that be charging at home over night, at the car park while you watch a movie or go for a meal. Or if you’re stopping at a motorway service station for a rest and a meal.

    Pit stops would probably make sense for FE to make strategy interesting, but MotoGP doesn’t have stops in dry races, so it’s not that important. No one’s complaining about a lack of excitement of MotoGP races.

    And this does relate to FE because the Germans (and many other manufacturers) will tell you that EVs don’t make sense without 10 minute charging, which is rubbish. They shouldn’t be able to spread this misinformation to the general public who don’t know any better. It’s a tactic to slow down EV adoption and excuse their pitiful EV attempts so far.

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