The project brief
WAE was tasked with supplying the entire Formula E grid with batteries to power the first electric single-seater championship from 2014 to 2018 (Seasons 1-4). WAE has recently committed to designing and manufacturing the Gen 3 Formula E battery starting from 2023 onwards.
WAE designed, tested, and manufactured the Gen 1 battery in just under 12 months. CFD simulations to measure cooling, pressure drops and mass flow distribution of cooling fluids among the modules. 1D Simulation work for multiple run cycles to simulate on-track battery behaviour with varying scenarios to predict cell temperatures. Cell spacing validation studies to ensure that the cells would not overheat during events. Battery design with the most promising cooling capabilities and performance was chosen. Total of 57 batteries were manufactured over four seasons.
99.8% reliability out of 440 starts during the first four Formula E season
200 kW Peak Power
28 kWh Lithium-ion cells
Rapid end-to-end development
12-month development time from start to finish
Manufacturing the future
60 batteries manufactured, supplying the entire Formula E grid for four seasons