The atmosphere is electric – more than one.
Anyone attending the ABB Formula E electric car race in New York on July 17 probably thought a swarm of bees was heading their way.
All-electric racing series
Unlike conventional motorsport, there is no deafening engine roar and no exhaust fumes to pollute the air. There are no days of thunder here, just plenty of lightning.
A temporary 1.3-mile race track has been set up at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at Red Hook. The race was 45 minutes long and there were no pit stops as the cars did not need petrol.
DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa took first place, followed by Mercedes-EQ Formula E team’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans.
Formula E, which debuted at Beijing Olympic Park in 2014, is an all-electric series. Formula 1 showcases a hybrid racer using a fossil fuel-powered internal combustion engine.
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The current all-electric race car can reach a top speed of 280 km/h, or about 174 mph, and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. The top speed of a Formula 1 car is 300 km/h or about 187 mph.
Mercedes said last year it would leave Formula E after the 2022 season to focus on its road-vehicle electrification plans.Volkswagen (VWAGY) – Get Volkswagen AG ADR report Audi and BMW have also announced their withdrawal from Formula E.
“Testing new technologies”
Enel X Way is the official smart charging partner of Formula E. Headquartered in Rome, Enel X Way is the Enel Group’s business line entirely dedicated to electric vehicles.
“Formula E is not designed to compete with Formula 1,” Enel X said on its website. “Instead, its founding mission is to accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by testing new technologies on the track before rolling them out to the public.”
Enel X hosted an event at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan on July 17 with a panel discussion on the future of electrification.
Panelists include Elisabetta Ripa, recently appointed CEO of Enel X Way, Scott Tinkler, Senior Managing Director, Accenture, and Vicki Kuo, Senior Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Consolidated Edison (ED) – Obtained Con Edison Report. Discussion moderated by Rob Lenihan of TheStreet.com.
“Enel X Way will strengthen partnerships with electric vehicle manufacturers, private companies and public institutions, ensuring customers have access to an extensive and extensive public charging network and further accelerating electrified transportation,” Ripa said.