FIA extends EDF deal

Energy company continues as body’s official technical supplier.

FIA extends EDF deal

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The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has extended its partnership with EDF.

The renewed deal will run until 2020 and will see the French energy company retain its position as an official technical supplier of motorsport’s governing body.

EDF will continue to collaborate with the FIA on research and audit tests of propulsion, charging and safety in motorsport.

The two parties will continue to work together in fields such as the training of emergency personnel, electric vehicle safety standards and the assessment of batteries on EDF’s test bench.

The partnership will focus on the FIA’s all-electric series Formula E and World Endurance Championship series, along with other competitions.

EDF first partnered with the FIA in 2014.

Bernard Salha, senior executive vice-president and head of research and development at EDF, and Bruno Crescent, who instigated the partnership, said: “The extension of this agreement between EDF and the FIA will allow us to build on the important progress that we have made over the last three years.

“Being involved in R&D at the highest level of motorsport enables us to contribute to the emergence of the most innovative technologies. This is key for us at a time when new uses of electric energy are being developed. These innovations will significantly influence the development of electric mobility on the consumer market.”