Enel becomes the Official Smart Charging Partner and Official Power Partner for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Enel will provide the technology, products and services required for charging Formula E’s second-generation (Gen 2) electric racers. The company’s commitment is for the next five seasons of the electric street racing series.
The new cars will be equipped with higher capacity batteries which enable the racers to complete the circuit without having to stop to change cars. Enel says its batteries weigh less than 200 kg and will be charged within the required time by an 80-kW Supercharger.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, stated: “It’s fitting to announce the expansion and extension of our successful partnership with Enel at their home race in Rome, so close to their headquarters. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the field of electrification and working with Enel and their fast-charging technology is helping us to drive innovation on a global scale with a lasting legacy. Motorsport is about timing – beating the stopwatch and your competitors. This pursuit for speed is also required when powering and charging your car – both at the track, on the streets and at home in the future.”
As part of Formula E, Enel has already installed four fast recharge stations in Rome, equipped with free Wi-Fi hotspots. The charging infrastructure will remain available to EV users after the race. The initiative is part of EVA+ project (Electric Vehicles Arteries), co-financed by the European Commission, which also plans to install 200 fast charging stations on the motorways connecting Italy and Austria.
Rome has currently more than 120 stations already in place and the newest recharge stations are the first to be installed under Enel’s National Plan for charging infrastructure in the Italian capital.