This cartridge is not suitable for Formula E, it is though, the world's first EV
instant energy transfer system dating from 1991.
It is necessary to standardize battery cartridges, or other vehicles may not share system components. BE1, BE2 and BE3 are capable of utilizing the cartridge pictured above. This cartridge may be configured for many different voltages and storage medium. BE1 was designed to use lead-acid batteries to keep costs down. The total development cost of this car was in the region of £39,000, including a dedicated charger. A small price to pay for a world record contender that reached 90 mph using just 15Kw. The full complement of motors would have added another £6,000 to the bill and 110 mph to the speed.
However, Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel-Metal-Hydride and the new Polymer cells are now freely available and would not increase overall project costs dramatically, simply because the vehicle would undoubtedly perform so much better. I.e. the $ per mph ratio might actually improve. By way of example, many solar powered electric cars use Worley Polymer cells now offering (190Wh/kg).
At time of writing BE3 has no corporate battery sponsor. If your company would like to offer support to the BE3 project, or to collaborate on the development of the Bluebird™ Formula E energy transfer system, please contact us today. A design is on the drawing board and a patent specification in due to be filed to protect collaborative project partners and licensees.
This type of frame design is not suitable for Formula E, it is though, the world's first EV
chassis with the built in instant energy transfer system dating from 1991.
The frame of the original 'Bluebird Electric' BE1 was constructed of welded box (1"x1") and circular section mild steel tube, over which an aluminum (stressed) skin was riveted to increase its torsional stiffness. This frame was not designed for high-speed exchanges, such as will be necessary in the Formula E racing championships. The refueling cycle was around 2 minutes.
No exotic weight saving materials were necessary for the BE1 due to the simple design and the fact that this car had many times the power needed to take the LSR at that time between 1991-5. The designer was more concerned with keeping costs down where he was paying for the development from his own pocket, on a promise of reimbursement, which never came, and building the vehicle in a workshop with only hand tools and a keen eye.
In competition where weight is critical, a Formula E car would be constructed of high strength composites, such as carbon and aramid fibres. The cartridge system on the drawing board is lighter and compacted to enable rostrum success. This does not mean that one team will have the unbeatable system all to themselves. That would not be sporting.
The technology will be available to all FE teams on the same terms. Each team will be able to develop the system competitively, under the terms of a license that will be free for the first season. Contact Bluebird Marine Systems for details. Please note that there is no connection between the inventors, or Bluebird Marine Systems (ourselves) and the proposed Bluebird GTL Formula E team.
FORMULA E: TEAMS, EVENTS & CARS
Birmingham Super Prix return and the Formula E series
The Blueplanet Ecostar is long and low. It features battery cartridge refueling.
The driver sits at the rear dragster fashion, the battery cartridge is in the front
all the way to the nose cone. Check out the battery cartridge exchange sequence below.
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