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08/17/18
Wolfsburg (D)
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Success factors for the ID. R Pikes Peak: reduced weight thanks to on-board power generation

Recuperation of the ID. R Pikes Peak
  • Brake energy recovery allows for smaller battery packs
  • ID. R Pikes Peak produces around 20 per cent of its own energy requirements
  • In-race recuperation aids development of production vehicles

For a fully-electric racing car like the Volkswagen ID. R Pikes Peak, the weight of the battery is especially important: it is the heaviest individual component – and each increase in weight has a detrimental effect on the car’s performance. It was logical for the Volkswagen Motorsport engineers to keep the batteries as small and light as possible in the record-breaking car. In addition to the sophisticated, weight-saving lithium-ion design, they are relying on technology that is already implemented in numerous electrically-driven production models: recuperation.

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