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   Formula E
Whizzing through cities in thirteen races on five continents, at speeds of up to 280 km/h: Porsche will be taking part in Formula E, the electric counterpart to Formula 1, from December 2019. It’s a particular challenge for the manufacturer: for the first time in its history, the carmaker will be entering a race series with an electric car.
with the EDG company, which is also based in Brazil. Found- ed by former Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi, EDG aims to revolutionize urban mobility. “Micromobility has expand- ed into a major growth field,” Amado notes. “That’s why we want to direct the attention of manufacturers in this area to niobium.” The Niobium Superlight bicycle’s innovative fea- tures include an electric drive unit, as well as a frame weigh- ing just seventeen kilograms, in which 21700 lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 364 watt hours are integrated. “The frame is not only light, but also easy to produce thanks to the niobium alloy,” says Amado. “The bicycle will hit the market before 2019 is out.”
It is with precisely such lighthouse projects that CBMM wants to make niobium better known and advance applica- tions in new fields. Amado isn’t just thinking of e-bikes, but also electrically powered cargo bikes and the ever-more- popular e-scooters. “In the future, we will focus even more on innovations and working with partners,” says Amado. “Niobium is available in large quantities—and we want to discover many more applications for this unique metal.”
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