HOW FORMULA E BOOSTS JAG’S EV KNOW-HOW
Jaguar announced its entry into the Formula E electric single-seater race series last year as a means of accelerating the development of electrified powertrain technology for its road cars, among other things.
Formula E imposes the use of a common chassis and lithium ion drive battery so that competing teams have to eke out an advantage by innovation with the electric motors, power management systems and transmissions. But, according to Jaguar, that’s exactly the kind of spotlight that needs to be shone in order to drive technological improvement in just the right areas.
The I-pace’s pouch battery cells and synchronous permanent magnet motors (Tesla uses induction motors) are derived from the ones that power Jaguar’s Formula E racer, as is the power management software.
Jaguar vehicle engineering manager Dave Shaw told Autocar: “Formula E can give us some very advanced software models for power management that will allow us to get the most out of the I-pace’s battery and motors without adversely affecting their lifespan.”