‘Drive The Future’.
The tagline used by Formula E; the revolutionary global electric racing series of which the inaugural season came to a conclusion in London over the weekend.
About 60,000 spectators gathered at Battersea Park to watch Team China’s Nelson Piquet Jr win the first ever drivers’ championshipfollowing 10 months of races, promotion, persuasion and plenty of power units.
Motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, wanted to attract a new, younger audience and reduce its carbon footprint while boosting the green economy. Continue reading Formula E: First season of electric car racing ends in Battersea Park
Carlos Ghosn, the fast-talking head of the Renault-Nissan alliance, is not keen to be drawn on targets for electric car sales. A 2011 prediction of 1.5m Renault-Nissan electric vehicles by 2016 turned out to be wildly optimistic. The group just passed the 250,000 mark.
Ghosn was not alone. President Barack Obama predicted 1m electric cars in the US by 2015: in January the total was 280,000. Virgin boss Richard Branson, adept as ever at grabbing headlines, said this week that “no new road cars will be petrol driven” within 20 years, calling combustion engines “complicated and antiquated”.
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Motor racing is coming to the heart of London for the first time in 42 years. But you can forget the fumes and deafening noise – this is all-electric Formula E.
On 27 and 28 June, 20 cars will race at speeds of 220kmh around Battersea Park to decide the winner of the inaugural season, which has taken in 10 races at city centre tracks in Beijing, Miami, Monte Carlo, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
It marks quite a rise for an idea that Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag admits “was a PowerPoint presentation” just three years ago, but has since persuaded motorsports royalty such as Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Jarno Trulli and Michael Andretti to get involved, along with manufacturers Renault, McLaren and BMW, and major corporations including Visa, Virgin, DHL, TAG Heuer and Michelin. Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Boris Johnson are all fans, with the London mayor instrumental in bringing the race to Battersea Park.
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