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Three Phases of Electric Class at Formula Bharat

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Not sure if you are ready to participate at FB2021 Electric class, but your team would like to phase into the Electric class eventually? Formula Bharat has created the ultimate cost-effective guide which provides interested teams to make the gradual switch to the Electric class.

Building an electric vehicle is no easy task. In addition to the variety of components that need to be sourced from outside the country and its long procurement times, the cost of building an FS electric vehicle can be more than two times of a combustion vehicle.

The purpose of thee steps below is to guide teams towards building their understanding in what encompasses the design and manufacture of an electric vehicle through an approach that is cost-effective and feedback intensive.

Step 1: Participate in the FSEV Concept Challenge

The FSEV Concept Challenge is a competition which evaluates teams on the conceptual engineering design of their vehicle’s electric powertrain. Teams are also required to submit an FMEA and present on their procurement and team management strategy. The FSEV Concept Challenge is usually hosted in mid-July.

Participants in this challenge are those pursuing their undergraduate studies, with a graduation date of approximately two years from their participation in this challenge. The purpose of this rule is to ensure continuation of lessons learnt from this concept challenge to the team’s participation in the Electric class at Formula Bharat.


Step 2: Participate in the Accumulator Tech Review

This is new for the 2020-2021 season. Teams already registered for the FB2021 Electric Class will undergo a pre-accumulator technical inspection at their workshop during the September-November season.

Formula Bharat would like to organize a similar technical review for teams interested in gradually moving to the Electric class. Unlike the FSEV Concept Challenge, this review will require the team to present the entire physcial electric powertrain and tractive systems (including energy storage and shutdown circuits) that would be ultimately placed in their vehicle.

In addition to the physical system, teams will be required to submit an FMEA report and an ESF form. It is ideal that teams participating in this Accumulator Tech Review, have previously participated in the Electric class at Formula Bharat, or at the FSEV Concept Challenge.

Note: This is a technical review and not a challenge / competition. Teams will receive feedback during and post-review.


Step 3: Participate in the Formula Bharat Electric Class

Now that your team is confident in the knowledge gained from feedback received in the first two steps, and empowered by resources available online, your team can consider registering for the Electric class at Formula Bharat!