Renesas, Mahindra Expand Formula E Technology Partnership for S5

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ABB FIA Formula E Season 5 starts with the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Riyadh on Dec 15, 2018 and runs through to July 14, 2019 at the New York City E-Prix

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, is expanding its strategic technology partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a pioneer in the development of electric vehicles (EVs), and Mahindra Racing, one of the ten founding teams competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, for the 2018-19 season.

The team is collaborating on system-level design upgrades featuring the Renesas RH850/E2x microcontroller (MCU), designed for the robust requirements of powertrain systems, and Renesas’ automotive battery management ICs.

The ABB FIA Formula E Season 5 starts with the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Riyadh on December 15, 2018 and runs through to July 14, 2019 at the New York City E-Prix.

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Upgrades For Season 5

For Season 5, Renesas has taken a module-level approach to the proof of concept design, developing an electronic control unit including PCB design, schematics, software, and modular-level testing. The upgrades will deliver significant processing power improvements and an improved safety system for the low-voltage battery.

“Through our collaboration over the past season, Mahindra Racing and Renesas have achieved tremendous results, and as Formula E shifts gears for upcoming seasons, we are excited to work with Renesas and enhance the design of our next-generation racing vehicles,” said Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal, Mahindra Racing.

“With Renesas’ expertise in developing production-ready systems for EV and automotive, and our winning race team, we will continue pushing the bar for electric racing,” Gill added.

Meanwhile, Amrit Vivekanand, Vice President, Automotive System Development Business Unit, Renesas Electronics Corporation, shared that Formula E presents a unique design testing environment for EVs, allowing them to quickly prove their system-level design.

“We are excited to expand our strategic technology partnership with Mahindra Racing and share system-level design insights that will help the team accelerate the learning curve for EV design and contribute to a successful 2018-2019 season,” Vivekanand asserted.

Renesas and Mahindra Racing’s technology partnership began in November 2017. Since then Renesas has collaborated with Mahindra Racing to deploy advanced, production-ready EV technologies for its race cars.



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