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ABB and NASCAR Launch Groundbreaking Partnership in Electrification and Sustainability

July 10, 2024
The ABB NASCAR Electrification Innovation Partnership will explore high-performance electric racing and create strategic opportunities for electrification in the sport, including race vehicles, electrification infrastructure, and energy education.

ABB and NASCAR have joined forces to pioneer electric vehicle (EV) technology within the NASCAR arena. Announced at the 2024 NASCAR Chicago Street Race, the partnership marks a significant stride towards integrating sustainable practices and cutting-edge innovation in auto racing.

The ABB NASCAR Electrification Innovation Partnership promises to explore and advance high-performance electric racing technologies. This initiative extends beyond the race track to encompass electrification infrastructure and energy education.

As part of the partnership, ABB becomes a founding partner of NASCAR IMPACT, a platform dedicated to driving sustainability initiatives across the sport. This alliance supports NASCAR's goal to achieve a net-zero carbon operating footprint by 2035 through electrification and other forward-thinking solutions.

"At ABB, we are committed to optimizing, electrifying, and decarbonizing operations globally," stated Ralph Donati, ABB Executive Vice President. "Our collaboration with NASCAR aims to push the boundaries of electrification technology, from EV racing to enhancing long-haul transportation and facility operations."

Central to the partnership's unveiling was the debut of the ABB NASCAR EV Prototype, developed in conjunction with NASCAR's OEM partners – Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota. Built by NASCAR's elite engineering team responsible for the Next Gen and Garage 56 projects, this electric stock car integrates seamlessly with NASCAR's existing platform.

The prototype features three STARD UHP 6-Phase motors – one front and two rear – delivering power directly to all four specially designed Goodyear Racing Eagle tires. A 78-kWh liquid-cooled battery and regenerative braking system underscore its suitability for both road courses and short oval tracks. The car's body, made from sustainable flax-based composite, aligns with NASCAR's commitment to sustainability and innovation.

"This momentous partnership not only propels NASCAR towards a sustainable future but also reinforces our commitment to blending tradition with cutting-edge technology," remarked Eric Nyquist, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief IMPACT Officer. "ABB's leadership in electrification will be instrumental as we strive to achieve net-zero operating emissions over the next decade."

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