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Williams Advanced Engineering appointed exclusive battery supplier for Gen 3 Formula E car

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Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has been awarded the exclusive contract to supply the Gen 3 battery system for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

The announcement revives a highly successful relationship when WAE was chosen as the first Formula E battery supplier in 2014 until 2018 for the successful gen 1 car.

Since then, McLaren Applied Technologies was awarded the contract to supply the battery for the Gen 2 car.

Craig Wilson, WAE Managing Director said: “We’re extremely proud to be appointed the Gen3 battery supplier for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, particularly as we have been an integral part of the series from the start.

“High performance batteries are one of WAE’s core competencies and I am confident we will add further value in the areas of energy density, thermal efficiency, overall performance and reliability. Racing in such a competitive environment is also a challenge for batteries, but one that we embrace. We look forward to supporting the series as it moves to its next exciting chapter.”

The Gen 3 battery specification will showcase advanced battery technology through improved energy density, battery life, power, durability and fast charging capability.

The Gen 3 FE car will see its power boosted to 350 KW (equivalent to 450 bhp); up from 250 KW in the current Gen 2 cars.

The next generation Formula E cars are set to make their debut for the 2022/3 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

This decision to award the contract to WAE follows a meeting by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on June 19.

In 2015, WAE won the Royal Automobile Club’s prestigious Simms Medal for the design, development and production of the the Gen1 Formula E battery.

For more information about WAE, please visit their website: https://www.wae.com/

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