Ahead of this Saturday’s Berlin ePrix, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has stated that the sport may well postpone introducing Battery Competition into the series until the 5th season in 2018/19. This would coincide with FE’s plans to have cars complete a full race distance without the need to change cars.
The original plan was to have teams producing their own batteries for the third season in 2016/17, however in order to keep costs down Agag says that he would teams continue to work collectively on batteries for a longer period of time:
“The costs of developing one battery each are very high, so we are suggesting to the teams that the best thing is for them to pool together and develop a [common] battery. That means there are more resources to develop it and they can make a significant jump.”
“Everyone is talking about cost-control and we need to make that happen and need to take these things step by step because teams need to be profitable.
“To do that, you need to plan ahead. We are seeing in our conversations with OEMs [manufacturers] that this is important to them. Season three is tomorrow, what they are really interested in is how the cars are going to be in season five so they can really plan ahead.”
The current first-generation of batteries are provided to Formula E by Williams. Agag reaffirms the need for this battery technology to continuing improving in order to allow for increased power and energy management:
“We want to make an evolution on the battery for season three and sticking with the current battery would not allow for that big a jump,” said Agag.
“So we want to develop a new one; it might be Williams or it might be someone else who builds it but we think it should be one [common battery].”
This proposed change to Formula E’s evolutionary timeline will need approval from the teams if it is to go ahead, but in this Agag is optimistic:
“We are a promoter and we don’t interfere, and it’s also not a question of whether the FIA wants to regulate – it would need to be an agreement between all of the teams,”
“All of the teams are sensitive to the argument of cost control and all want this championship to work, and they cannot go and spend tens of millions developing a battery yet. It will come, eventually, but later.”
Trying to manage the ever increasing costs within global motorsport is a topic that never goes away. It’s therefore highly encouraging for the future of Formula E that the sport is looking to set out firm decisions right from the word go [go go]!
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