Are Formula E Race Cars CHAdeMO Ready?

3 years ago by Mark Kane 6

ABB CHAdeMO charger next to Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E racer

ABB CHAdeMO charger next to Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E racer

ABB CHAdeMO charger next to Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E racer

ABB CHAdeMO charger next to Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E racer

What caught our eye in the latest official video from Formula E Holdings is the ABB CHAdeMO charger next to Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E racer in the brand new building at the Donington Park.

This charger is inside of the new facility, so for sure this is not installed for fleet electric cars. Moreover, Formula E is partnered with Renault, which for now is not using CHAdeMO in its cars like ZOE, shown recently in Donington.

Formula E Holdings never mentioned CHAdeMO and we don’t see them on the members list of CHAdeMO Association.

So, what is this CHAdeMO charger doing inside the assembly workshop, next to one of the first Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E prototypes?  Maybe Formula E is developing fast charging capability for internal use, because in the races, the drivers will just be swapping the entire race cars in the middle of the race when power gets low.

Perhaps CHAdeMO will be used during testing sessions?

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6 responses to "Are Formula E Race Cars CHAdeMO Ready?"

  1. Mark says:

    Or it just might be a CCS 50 kW dc charger

    1. mutle says:

      No, the picture is definitely showing a Chademo connector.

  2. David Murray says:

    Chademo makes sense for a race car because the weight of the charger is for the most part outside of the car.

  3. Taser54 says:

    Halo wireless charging will be used in Formula E. First year in the pace cars, 2nd year in the Formula E cars.

    1. Thomas J. Thias says:

      Actually Tazer54, Drayson Racing is going ahead with wireless in the Formula E Pit-

      “[…]In parallel we are developing with our partner QualcommHalo, an innovative wireless charging technology that we will field initially as a static charging system in the Drayson Racing Formula E Team pits during the race.[…]”

      Link Goes To Drayson Racing Charging/Refueling Information-

      http://www.draysonracingfe.com/technology.html?Wireless-Charging-3

      Best-

      Thomas J. Thias

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  4. Does the wireless come anywhere close to either 62.5kW or 100kW?

    My guess is no. So, my hunch is that the wireless guys are advertisers and that will be the “official” recharging method, but practically, only a single DC quick charge standard uses the exactly same plug design and communication protocol in Tokyo, Chicago or Oslo…

    CHAdeMO