Saturday Event Is Round 6 of All-Battery World Circuit
Organizers are girding for Round 6 of this year’s FIA Formula E 100% battery-electric race, which makes its only U.S. stop in Long Beach, Calif. on Saturday, April 2.
Nine teams, each with two drivers, are currently competing in the ten-city circuit, which commenced in Beijing in October and will finish with two races in London July 2-3.
The race is operated by the Toyota Grand Prix organization, which will hold its own, ethanol-powered Indy-car event on the same Long Beach course April 15-17.
BMW, Southern California Edison and Faraday Future are among the exhibitors at the Formula E “eVillage” in Long Beach. Qualcomm is hosting a media event on Friday, April 1, prior to the Saturday race.
A Large Qualcomm Presence
Qualcomm, which is promoting its Halo brand wireless inductive charging system as a key enabler to a mass electric vehicle market, is sponsoring a BMW i8 all-battery vehicle as the Formula E safety car.
The 7.2-kilowatt Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system delivers twice the amount of energy to the BMW i8’s batteries per hour as compared to last year’s version, the company says, citing Halo DD technology with magnetic architecture optimization for higher coupling coefficients and lower system currents, higher efficiencies, and the ability to support higher power levels.
‘A More Open Championship’
This year’s FIA Formula E series “will see a more open championship with teams encouraged to develop their own powertrain technologies,” Qualcomm notes.
“Teams are racing to bring cutting-edge technology focused on inverters, motors, transmissions and cooling systems to their race cars; not only will this ensure the racing remains highly competitive, but it supports the goal of Formula E to advance the development of new technologies for electric vehicles and to bring those technologies, vital to sustainable mobility, to the attention of millions of people around the globe.”
Next stop? April 23 in Paris.
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Source: FIA Formula E with Fleets & Fuels follow-up