NEW YORK -- TAPintoTV spoke with Roel de Vries, VP/Head of Global Marketing at Nissan Motor Company, at the 2018 New York International Auto Show about the 2018/2019 Formula E racing season. Nissan’s new electric racing car marks the first Japanese manufacturer to participate in the global all-electric auto racing series.
“Formula E is a logical extension of our long-term belief in electrification and the future of mobility,” said de Vries. “Formula E not only represents racing, but also how technology in automotive is moving.”
Formula E, which began in 2014, is a class of automotive racing that uses only electric-powered cars. Like other road races sponsored by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), Formula E is a globetrotting event, with competitions held in locations such as Hong Kong, Monaco, Rome, Berlin, and Paris. The 2018/2019 season began last month, and will conclude at the NYC ePrix in Brooklyn this July.
This season is marked by the 3rd generation of Formula E cars, with bigger batteries and bigger motors, allowing for longer races so that just one car is required per racing team. The technological advances pioneered by Formula E serve as proving grounds for innovations in electrification for passenger vehicles as well. Along with Nissan, other well-known consumer car manufacturers, such as Audi, Jaguar, and BMW, also participate in Formula E, and more companies are expected to join.
“Everything that we have learned and believe in terms of battery, energy management, motors, can be used in Formula E. Whatever we learn from that, we can push back into our future electric vehicle cars,” de Vries remarked. “We really wanted to be a part of the future of technology and a new way of racing,” he said.