The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is ready for its first race in India, which will take place in Hyderabad this weekend. The 2.835-kilometre circuit runs over 18 bends through the streets of Hyderabad, also known as the “City of Pearls”, and runs along the Hussain Sagar Lake. On the long straights, the new third-generation racing cars can prove their strength.
Daniela Lužanin, responsible for the Formula E partnership at ABB, said: “The Hyderabad E-Prix is a great opportunity to showcase the future of electric mobility in a new market – one of ABB’s biggest overall – especially in our role as official charging partner. While the Indian market is new to the championship, ABB has been driving progress in the country as a key player for 100 years.”
This sustainable transport showcase is a test bed for the most innovative electric mobility technologies and reflects ABB’s commitment to the sector in India. More than 300 electric locomotives powered by ABB traction inverters and motors run on India’s rail network, and 80 per cent of metros use ABB variable frequency drives and switching technology. The company also supplied the traction technology and switchgear for India’s first semi high-speed train, “Vande Bharat”. ABB’s charging stations installed across the country have enabled over 5 million kilometres of travel. In addition, 65 percent of the cars built in India are painted by ABB robots. These robots are also used in painting and battery assembly at one of the world’s largest electric scooter factories in Tamil Nadu.
ABB technology for clean drinking water
Sanjeev Sharma, country head of ABB India, said: “ABB employs more than 8,000 people in India. They are all working on technical solutions that help the country achieve its sustainability goals. The presence of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in our country also reflects India’s growing importance in global climate action. In the state of Telangana, host of the E-Prix, our technology is helping to increase energy efficiency, improve reliability and provide access to clean drinking water in a number of projects.”
One of these projects is Mission Bhagiratha, a programme to provide drinking water to every village in the state of Telangana. After the programme was launched in 2016, millions of people are now being provided with clean piped water. Eighty per cent of the reliable power management solutions used in the programme come from ABB.
ABB also supports the water supply in the Kalwakurthy region, where more than 300 villages live off agriculture. One hundred kilometres of canals to parched farmland that was threatening to turn into a desert are now equipped with a lift irrigation system using ABB technology. ABB supplied large motors and high-voltage switchgear to operate the pumps, which have to lift one thousand litres of water per second into a reservoir 298 metres above the water level of the Godavari River.
Energy management technology ensures sustainability
ABB products are helping to increase efficiency and improve sustainability in a wide range of sectors – such as the Indian pharmaceutical industry, of which Hyderabad and Telangana have become the centre. ABB supplies a significant proportion of installed AC drives to ensure energy efficiency. The company’s comprehensive integrated digital solutions provide precise control for safety and reliability in drug manufacturing.
Reliable energy management technology ensures sustainability in IT infrastructures. In more than 50 per cent of the buildings in the IT and ITES sector, ABB solutions ensure reliable power, security and efficiency, while in more than 70 per cent of the emerging mega data centres in Hyderabad, ABB solutions ensure reliable power, energy efficiency and superior performance.
After the Hyderabad race, the series will travel on to Cape Town – another new host city – on 25 February. The Season 9 race calendar features 16 races in eleven world cities. www.abb.com