press release - demonstration of a process chain of e-mobility at Bosch Hockenheim Historic 2012
As well as an electric Jaguar, Windreich AG will bring its own power source to the Bosch Hockenheim Historic, and demonstrate the process chain of e-mobility for the first time on a racetrack, 100% free of CO2.
The Jaguar E, made electric by Windreich AG, belongs to the pool of official ‘Pace Cars’ that will form part of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic from the 13th to 15th April 2012. The handsome Brit at the top of the starting grid is not only 100% electric, but also runs 100% free of CO2. "That is the crucial difference," says Willi Balz, qualified Industrial Engineer, and leads on to say that is what is important with e-mobility is to consider the entire process chain. Electric driving only makes sense if the vehicles are “fuelled" with renewable energy. This is why the e-mobility team from Wolfschlugen has installed a mobile wind charger, also self-built, in the paddock to be able to charge the Jaguar with energy produced there and then, on site. The mobile wind charger has 50 kWh buffer batteries (Lithium Ion), which are powered by a 3.5 kW wind turbine with a 3.8 metre diameter. This amount of clean and safely produced energy could, for example, power four four-seater electric vehicles travelling an average of 10,000 kilometres per year. This innovative ensemble can be seen in the pits in front of the northern curve.
Participation in the Bosch Hockenheim Historic at the beginning of the season is the latest example that shows Windreich AG seriously expanding its activities in the field of electric mobility. With this action the market leader in on-and offshore wind energy is not only committing to e-mobility, but is also showing the potential of electric vehicles. This is why the electrification of the iconic sports car came with specifications that the performance of the e-version would have to match that of the conventional model. Following the first test drives by Windreich AG’s representative Frank Stippler in 2012, it was confirmed that these requirements had been fulfilled.
The "Windreich E" is also a champion in efficiency, and won the prototype class in the demanding "Future Car Challenge" from Brighton to London, finishing second in the overall rankings, with a consumption of only 8.5 kWh to 100 kilometres, corresponding to the equivalent of less than a litre of petrol.
The CEO of Hockenheim-Ring GmbH, Georg Seiler, appearing in the foreground of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic, is highly enthusiastic about Windreich’s involvement: "We are proud to be able to offer our participants and visitors such an important view of the future. After all, this is all about giving motor sports, our shared passion, a future.
The Hockenheim-Ring has been moving in a more sustainable direction for some time now, don’t forget. The municipality of Hockenheim, as the main shareholder of the Ring together with the company Wirsol, had a large photovoltaic plant installed on the grounds of the Ring. There are two electric filling stations belonging to the company ART Antriebs- und Regeltechnik GmbH on site. Also, the Hockenheim-Ring GmbH recently entered into collaboration with the Bertha Benz Challenge, held in September of each year, and working towards ensuring that future-oriented mobility achieves faster breakthrough worldwide.