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Formula E expands Enel deal

All-electric racing series also partners with Modis.

by Elena Holmes

Formula E expands Enel deal

All-electric racing series Formula E has expanded its partnership with Enel and agreed a deal with Modis.

Enel will serve as the official smart charge technology partner and official power partner of the Formula E.

Starting from next season, the energy firm will supply the technology products and services for charging the next generation of Formula E cars using its fast-charging technology.

The new superchargers provided by the firm will have the capacity of 80kW, which is enough to fully charge the new specification of battery in under an hour.

Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, said: “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 partners such as ABB and Enel with 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.”

Francesco Venturini, head of Enel X, added: “Three years after we launched this partnership between Enel and Formula E, today’s announcement of the extension and expansion of our partnership is another step forward in the work we’re doing in the field of electric mobility. Thanks to our charging technology and our superchargers at each event, the new increased capacity and more efficient next generation Formula E cars will be charged and ready to run the entire race distance.

“Enel’s Formula E partnership underscores our group’s commitment to promote the advancement of electric mobility at a global level, furthering our research, development and implementation of innovative technology solutions for sustainable transportation.”

Meanwhile, IT company Modis will serve as an official partner of the Formula E, providing IT, engineering and life science solutions to support the development of the series. 

Agag said: “As a championship and workforce continuing to grow on a global scale, I’m delighted to welcome Modis as our latest official partner. With expertise in information technology and engineering solutions, I look forward to working with the support of Modis to continue to attract the very best engineers to the FIA Formula E Championship.”

Formula E heads to Italy’s capital for the first time on 14th April for the Rome ePrix.