Racing to recharge your e-car in the same time as a regular pitstop
The charging time of an electric car is often still an impediment to going electric. Student team InMotion wants to show with an electric racing car that charging can be done faster.
Driving around the Le Mans circuit at a speed of between 250 and 300 kilometers an hour. For twenty-four hours. But without a roaring petrol engine. Instead, with the high-pitched squeal of an electric motor. This is what the Eindhoven student team InMotion is aiming for. In 2023, they want to compete in the 24 Hour race at Le Mans with their electric Revolution.
“The high-pitched squeaking sound, is the sound of, among other things, the transmission from the motors to the wheels,” says marketing manager Luc Siecker. “That will persist and be even slightly more than in a normal electric car.”
The biggest bottleneck for a successful participation in Le Mans is the car’s charging time. The team shortened that time from 20 minutes down to 12. “Our battery pack has a capacity of 57 kilowatt hours. That’s about the same size as a Tesla Model 3, though that comparison is tricky because there are different varieties within that model. The charging time for a Tesla now is about 20 minutes on average.”
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