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Delta supported the Berg E-cup race in Osnabrück, Germany
17 August 2017

Delta supported the Berg E-cup race in Osnabrück, Germany

From August 4 to 6, 2017, the 5th Berg-E-Cup took place at a hill climb course near Osnabrück as part of the 50th Osnabrück hill climb.

Delta supported the electric car race organized by Motorsportclub Osnabrück by providing the brand new 6-in-1 Ultra Fast Charger. The participants of the race were able to charge their vehicles for free in the periods between the qualifying rounds and events. Delta's partner company Isoblock Schaltanlagen from Osnabrück assembled and connected the Ultra Fast Charger.

The 6-in-1 Ultra Fast Charger can charge up to 4 electric vehicles at once. There are 6 charger connections (2x CHAdeMo up to 100 kW, 2x CCS Type2 up to 63 kW, 1x AC up to 45 kW, 1x AC up to 22 kW) available which are mounted on two sides like a classic gas pump. Delta's Ultra Fast Charger is the first fast-charging station with modular DC charging power up to 150 kW.

 

26 electric and hybrid vehicles took part in the races and were split into 4 vehicle categories. Each vehicle raced in 3 events, which were held as regularity stages - just like in an individual rally. This means that a time limit to complete the 2.03 km route was given for each vehicle category. In the end, the winning vehicle was the one with the lowest total time difference compared to the target time among all 3 events.

As the time limits were measured very generously, there was occasionally a strange situation where some electric vehicles would pull over so as not to reach the finish line too early. Others drove at a more leisurely pace round the track. A speed-based event would raise the appeal of the race. Then the electric cars could pit their technological advantages against each other on the twisting hill course because – unlike combustion engines – their torque is instantly available offering excellent acceleration right from the word go.

The 26 vehicles formed an illustrious range of electric cars, from the very small (Renault Twizy and Smart ForTwo) to the very large (Tesla Model S for the purely electric cars or BMW i8 and Porsche Panamera for the hybrid vehicles).

 

Between the races, the spectators had the chance to be driven around the course as passengers in electric cars. The race in Osnabrück stood out particularly thanks to the great access the spectators had to the drivers. Everyone could enter the paddock and had the opportunity to see the vehicles up close and chat to the drivers and engineers.