ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to Hong Kong China

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer congratulates Alejandro Agag, chairman/ founder of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, on the grid for the series’ 50th race, by presenting a specially commissioned pitboard to mark the occasion.
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer congratulates Alejandro Agag, chairman/ founder of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, on the grid for the series’ 50th race, by presenting a specially commissioned pitboard to mark the occasion.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world's first fully-electric global motorsport series, brought electrifying wheel-to-wheel action to the dramatic harbourfront in Hong Kong SAR, China. This was the 50th race in the championship’s five-season history, as well as the first race in China since the 2018 launch of ABB’s milestone title partnership. While driving the next phase of this exciting sports activity with breakthrough technology, ABB also provided the customized fast charging solution for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY that supports the headline ABB Formula E Championship.

As round 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix engaged 22 drivers in 11 teams, around 10 turns on the 1.85-kilometre track on the city’s harbourfront. The newly-launched Gen 2 car raced by all teams has almost double the energy storage capacity of its predecessor and twice the range. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 280km/h. Thanks to the technological advances of the Gen2, drivers and teams are now able to complete a full race without making a mid-race car swap.

ABB is a technology and market leader in electrification and digital technologies, with the largest installed base of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles worldwide. By joining forces with ABB Formula E, ABB is bringing the latest innovations in electric vehicle and alternative energy solutions to cities around the world, pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. As a global leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, ABB has installed more than 10,500 fast charging stations in 73 countries around the world, making it the world number-one in the field.

China is an indispensable part in the history of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as the inaugural Formula E race was held in Beijing in 2014. And a Hong Kong race has featured for three consecutive years to date. For this season, following the Hong Kong race, the championship will head to Sanya, Hainan on March 23. The site selection of this international championship confirms the current global trend and outlook of electric vehicle development.

China is not only the world's largest automobile market, but also leading the transition towards electric vehicles. In 2018, more than half of global sales of electric cars were in China. As a pioneering technology leader, ABB offers comprehensive solutions from grid connection of renewable energy, high-capacity energy storage and intelligent power distribution, to fast charging – as well as leading ABB AbilityTM digital solutions to support China's construction of a future-oriented sustainable transport system. ABB’s DC fast charging solution has been applied to many cities in China including Hong Kong.

“I am excited that Hong Kong was chosen to host the ABB Formula E race as a key stop in Asia, one of the most dynamic and fast-growing economies in the world with soaring demand from growing populations and rapid urbanization. ABB has a long and defining presence in Asia, where we have around 38,000 employees and generate close to 30% of ABB’s total revenues. Looking forward, we will continue our efforts to support the region’s sustainable development with our innovative technologies.” said Dr. Chunyuan Gu, President of Region Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), ABB Group.

“During the century-old partnership between ABB and China, Hong Kong has been playing a very important role. In 1974, we set up ABB’s first China office in Hong Kong, which marked a solid entry point into the China market. The recently unveiled the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Plan will certainly create new opportunities for the sustainable development of the Greater Bay Area including Hong Kong. ABB will work closely with our partners in driving the high-quality development and shaping the future of energy, manufacturing, mobility and cities.”

In order to help the general public get a closer look at the leading technologies, ABB showcased at the e-Village a series of products and solutions such as fast charger for electric vehicles, smarter home and intelligent power distribution solutions and dual-arm collaborative robot YuMi® which can capture selfies for visitors to the ABB Booth. The two-day exhibition attracted crowds of visitors, many of whom were able to enjoy the ABB Formula E race simulator and experience the speed thrills of virtual racing.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

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