The search now begin for the battery and chassis suppliers for the fifth season of the championship, after the FIA World Council approved the launch of the two tenders after a meeting held in Geneva.
Formula E will seek a sole supplier for the battery, and another for the chassis, maintaining the technological development whilst keeping the costs down. The aim will then be for entrants to be able to develop their own battery or continue using the existing one, once the contract period has ended.
The duration of the chassis contract will be linked to that of the battery.
Professor Burkhard Goeschel, President of the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission, described the decision as a “significant step forward” for Formula E, “consolidating its position as one of the most important race series on a global level.”
“We worked at length with the promoter and major stakeholders in motorsport to reach this result, which we share with all the Formula E teams,” he said. “We all have the same vision for the best possible conditions in which to develop this new technology.”
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“We also want this sport to become the ideal platform for testing new solutions so that it is the pinnacle when it comes to electrically powered car.”[/pullquote]
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag believes the tender for the battery will inspire further development in electric car technology, as the aim will be to create a battery which allows Formula E to move to a single car.
“The new battery will be more powerful, and have a longer range than the current unit,” he said. “This is exactly the type of technological step change that Formula E was created to inspire.”
Current suppliers – Williams Advanced Engineering for the battery and Dallara for the chassis – are entitled to bid for the new tenders.