HOW FOR­MULA E BOOSTS JAG’S EV KNOW-HOW

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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.”

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