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Panasonic sponsors the Ene-1 GP MOTEGI, a next generation car race powered by rechargeable EVOLTAch.02

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Click on the image to watch the video. Length: 4 min 29 sec
Car race featuring vehicles that run on 40 AA rechargeable batteries. [3 min 07 sec]

On November 10, 2012, a next generation car race, the "Ene-1 GP MOTEGI," was held at the "Twin Ring Motegi" racecourse located in Tochigi prefecture. Vehicles that took part in this race were powered by commercially available rechargeable batteries. Concurring with the event's desire to connect mobility with ecology and to contribute to stimulating society through manufacturing, Panasonic decided to sponsor this race and to donate "rechargeable EVOLTA" batteries and fast charging equipment. This video captures the rechargeable-battery powered racecars traveling at unexpected speed and also features interviews with the mechanics that developed the vehicles and the drivers.

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[ The course where the heated race took place ] 0 min 17 sec

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The "Twin Ring MOTEGI" was blessed with great weather. [0 min 38 sec]

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The oval course where the race took place. [0 min 33 sec]

The race was held at a track that hosts a wide range of motor sports events. The skies were clear on the day of the race and when you watch the video, you can almost sense the excitement in the air.


[ Time attack and 60-minute long distance races ] 1 min 25 sec

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Time attack race held on the oval 2.4km racecourse. [1 min 28 sec]

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60-minute long distance race. [1 min 34 sec]

The "Ene-1 GP MOTEGI" is comprised of 2 races, the time attack race and the 60-minute long distance race. It is amazing that the teams compete in such races on a single battery charge.


[ Powered by 40 rechargeable AA batteries ] 2 min 10 sec

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The key to victory lies in how you use these rechargeable EVOLTA batteries. [2 min 14 sec]

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Student mechanics worked very hard to perfect the teams' racecars. [1 min 09 sec]

What powers the racecars are commercially available AA nickel metal hydride rechargeable "EVOLTA" batteries. They are high capacity, long-lasting batteries that can be charged approximately 1,800 times. Each electric vehicle is equipped with 40 "rechargeable EVOLTA" batteries, and what held the key to victory is how these batteries are used.


[ The race opened new doors for the future of mobility ] 2 min 33 sec

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Nervous expressions of the drivers before the race. [2 min 39 sec]

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Aerodynamics was also a very important factor. [2 min 46 sec]

Electric vehicles running on 40 AA batteries competed for first place in 2 types of races. In the time attack race, the top team completed a loop around the track in 2 minutes and 32 seconds at an average speed of more than 60kph. And with the long-distance race, the winning team traveled approximately 50km in 60 minutes. The video successfully captures the amazing speed of the racecars. Students from junior high and high schools took part in this race. What energy will be the mainstream by the time they become adults? Perhaps some of the youth who took part in this race will become engineers who will pave the way for the future of mobility.