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British manufacturer Charge is joining electric racing series Formula E as its Official Electric Truck Partner. Charge is backed by Kinetik, the same investment firm responsible for the upcoming Roborace series. Formula E will use Charge's electric trucks for driver parades and general truck-type, moving-stuff-around duty. Not unlike Tesla, Charge uses software to update the trucks' hardware, with "every aspect of the vehicle connected." Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says, "I'm sure Charge will be the future of trucks and buses and we look forward to helping them grow." Read more in the press release below.

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CHARGE JOIN FORCES WITH FORMULA E AS OFFICIAL ELECTRIC TRUCK PARTNER

Charge to supply electric trucks for the FIA Formula E Championship

LONDON, UK (April 26 2016) - Formula E today announced that Charge, the British-based automotive technology company and maker of smart electric trucks, are to become the Official Electric Truck Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship.

The agreement will see Charge supply electric trucks at Formula E events in flagship cities around the world. The trucks will be used for the driver parade and for logistics both on and off the track.

Significantly, the first Charge truck to be unveiled at the Visa Paris ePrix was in partnership with DHL, the championship's Official Logistics Partner.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, commented: "We are thrilled to have Charge on board as our Official Electric Truck Partner. Our partnership makes sense on every level. They are an incredibly innovative company - the way they are approaching the electric truck and bus market with software that improves the hardware is very intelligent and it means our entire series, from the cars to the trucks, is completely electric and that's a powerful message for change. I'm sure Charge will be the future of trucks and buses and we look forward to helping them grow."

Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Charge, said: "We are proud to partner with Formula E, everything they are doing is aligned with our company mission and values. The truck and bus industry has stood still for many years, we are creating a highly efficient, affordable, environmentally superlative truck offering that we believe will transform major cities around the world. This partnership allows us to work closely with leading logistics companies like DHL where we can showcase our technology and the opportunity for every logistics company to revolutionise their fleets, resulting in huge savings to their businesses and improving their social and environmental impact. We believe the balance of our cost efficiency, unique hardware and software capabilities make our trucks unbeatable."

Sabrina Asendorf, Global Sponsorship Manager at DHL, said: "We are proud to be one of Formula E's Founding Partners, jointly pioneering solutions for future mobility and minimising the impact of transport on the environment and cities. Having Charge as the Official Electric Truck Partner is a great addition to the championship and we see huge potential in the contribution they can make to advancing technology for commercial usage and the way we envisage the future of logistics."

Charge is re-defining the way trucks should be made with a fully integrated software solution that enables the hardware to be instantly upgraded with every aspect of the vehicle connected.

Charge is based in Oxfordshire surrounded by the most advanced automotive technology companies. Charge aims to create hundreds of jobs in the UK and will continue to grow as the company scales its production significantly over the coming months.


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