As if on cue from our Extreme E article, Ultra4’s Dave Cole teases that an EV Class is coming to the 2021 King of the Hammers during SEMA360.
There isn’t much to report at this point, but during the Off-Road 2.0 Seminar by the Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA) during SEMA360, Dave Cole – co-founder and president of Ultra4 Racing – announced that an all EV Class will debut at the 2021 King of the Hammers.For now, that is all the information that has been confirmed by Ultra4 Racing’s Alan Johnson when I asked for more information. One of the biggest questions, other than rules and when they will race, is what infrastructure for charging will these teams have. During the Rebelle Rally, for example, hydrogen charging stations were brought in for the Rivian R1T and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV teams. Other than Rivian’s interesting tow charging capability, this was the only other way a pure EV could charge during the 1200-mile, 10-day race. We also don’t know what teams or OEMs are committing to this new class at this moment.
What will we see? Will there be some sort of ultra-fast charging infrastructure that will take a 150kWh battery from 20-percent to 80-percent in less than 30-minutes? Will there be battery pack swapping? How will the batteries perform in a rock crawling and open desert environment that the King of the Hammers is famous for? Again, these are questions that won’t be answered until we start seeing some of the builds.
It’s certainly an exciting announcement for off-road and motorsports EV fans as this is the biggest, most watched event that will feature an EV-only class in a race. It is also just another way that Ultra4 Racing is continuing to lead the way in off-road innovations in motorsports.
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