Chemical company Johnson Matthey has partnered with Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing to market its cathode materials, and the collaboration will also see the development of a two-seater Formula E race car.
The race car will use a cathode material from Johnson Matthey's "eLNO" product family in its battery, a term the chemical company uses to describe its nickel-rich cathode materials, which the collaboration is intended to promote. The concept car will also serve as a test bed, Johnson Matthey says.
However, technical details about the planned two-seater - Envision Virgin Racing has so far sourced its powertrains from Audi - or the eLNO cathode materials are not mentioned. High-nickel cathodes are seen as a way to enable lithium-ion batteries without the use of cobalt, and Chinese manufacturer Svolt had recently announced that its cobalt-free cells with 75 percent nickel content in the cathode would still ship in the first half of 2021.
In the announcement, the chemical company describes Formula E as "the ultimate showcase for electric mobility", which is why Johnson Matthey also plans to sponsor the racing team from the coming season.matthey.com