The concept for the third generation of Formula E car is in the final stages of being formed with official FIA tenders are set to be released in the early months of next year.
The FIA, along with Formula E managers and technical representatives from the nine manufacturers presently involved in the championship, met recently to discuss a final spec for Formula E’s Gen 3 car.
This will come into affect for the series’ ninth season in 2022-23 but must start to be designed at the end of 2020 to ensure an initial development phase by mid-2021.
FIA circuit championships director Frederic Bertrand told e-racing365 that the final decision on the makeup of the new cars is being left deliberately late to ensure that it remains relevant for manufacturers when it starts its racing life in late 2022.
“The Gen 3 process started a few months ago already and we are defining some targets on where we want to improve for the future,” Bertrand told e-racing365.
“From this we started to understand how much we can obtain and manage those results.
“The very big challenge is that the time for development is quite long and having this time of development means you have to decide [at] quite an early stage which technology you want to get in the car.
“The technology on batteries and in the cells is developing so quickly that deciding very early may put us in a situation where we come out with the new car and the technology is not the latest one.
“So, we want to avoid this situation so we push as much as we can the timing of the tender itself, but it should go out early next year.”
Formula E’s first generation of car, used between 2014-18, evidenced that electric cars could compete, albeit with a mandatory car swap.
The present Gen 2 car was built around a philosophy of autonomy, proving almost a double useable energy capability over Gen 1, while also delivering a new aesthetic to single-seater race cars.
For Gen 3 one of the key ingredients could be showcasing fast charging, a concept first reported by e-racing365 last year. Since then several meetings between rules-makers on the topic have taken place.
“[Fast charging] is something we consider,” confirmed Bertrand.
“On this we work closely with the manufacturers to understand what challenges they have for the future on how to convince customers and how electric cars are relevant for their needs.
“If we identify one of the major items for them is linked to fast charging or performance it will influence a lot what we will need to put in place for the future. This is not something we do on our own.”
“We need to really establish this with the manufacturers because they have different points of view but still they have some common understandings on some issues and these things we need to tackle to propose a showcase which helps in convincing their customers in the end.”