ABB has unveiled the world’s first, all-electric, production-based car support series for the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY championship.
The custom-made, compact Terra fast chargers – specially designed for the December 2018 event – will provide a new solution for sustainable mobility.
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will feature up to 20 Jaguar I-PACE SUVs, specially engineered for eTROPHY racing.
According to Frank Muehlon, managing director of ABB’s EV charging infrastructure, the Terra fast chargers will quickly charge the racecars in the short breaks between training, qualifying and the championship races.
The series commences on 15 December in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, and will give participating teams the opportunity to showcase their racing talent and performance in this first for electric street racing.
In contrast to the specially designed single-seat racecars used in ABB Formula E, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will feature racing versions of the same Jaguar I-PACE electric SUVs that are now sold to consumers.
When the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series was being planned, ABB faced a complicated technical challenge on how to quickly recharge the batteries of up to 20 I-PACE eTROPHY racecars in the breaks between practice, qualifying and each race.
An even bigger challenge lay in doing all this at 10 different cities on four continents during the upcoming racing season.
ABB’s Terra DC class of chargers was a natural choice as they are the most popular charging stations now in use in Europe and the U.S.
However, these chargers are designed for public use and stand at 2.2 meters tall – about the same size as a filling station petrol pump.
This proved to be too big to fit into the cargo holds of the jetliners that transport the series’ racers and equipment.
Moreover, they are fixed in place and hard wired, and not intended to be portable.
An ABB team in India was thus tasked with reengineering a solution that repackaged the functionality of a Terra DC charger into a package on wheels and with a profile only 1.5 meters high.
The ABB team also designed a durable shipping enclosure that incorporates innovations like a built-in loading ramp and channels for handling by a forklift.
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