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Formula E could shift to hydrogen power with Gen4 regulations

The sport has already announced a 25 million Euro manufacturer cost cap for two consecutive championships seasons.

According to a media report, Formula E is said to be considering a shift to hydrogen-powered race cars for the future. The report suggests that the shift from battery electric power to hydrogen fuel cell tech could happen with the introduction of the Gen4 regulations, which are expected to come in about 5 years' time.

Alejandro Agag, co-founder of Formula E stated that they are open to all ideas for the Gen4 regulations. Agag also stated that all manufacturers are invited to brainstorm and provide inputs with regards to the future direction of Formula E and the upcoming Gen4 regulations.

As part of this open approach, Formula E is reportedly considering the shift to hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its electric motors. Agag confirmed that hydrogen is within the licence of Formula E with the FIA.

The sport will look at using hydrogen in two ways - one is by burning it (but is inefficient) and the other is via hydrogen fuel cells which produce electricity to power the race cars' electric motors.

However, Agag stated that while the sport will allow companies and teams to develop the technology, it should also balance the spiralling costs that come with it. The sport has already announced a 25 million Euro manufacturer cost cap for two consecutive championships seasons. The cost cap will come into effect from October 1, 2022.

Source: Motorsport.com

 
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