New York to be first zero-emissions ePrix

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Formula E will stage its first zero-emissions race this weekend thanks to its partnership with Enel as the championship hits the streets of New York City.

Formula E has promoted clean technology since becoming the world’s first all-electric single-seater series back in 2014, taking events to major world cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing.

The series has been gearing up for another breakthrough weekend in New York when it stages the city’s first motorsport event in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

In a special announcement made at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag revealed that the double-header weekend will be the first zero-emissions event for the series.

Enel, Formula E’s official power partner, will “offset the emissions of the event in New York through green certificates from its portfolio of renewable energy plans”, as per a statement from Formula E.

“The equipment for the race in New York – including all 40 fully-electric Formula E cars, batteries and spare parts – was safely delivered to the USA by DHL leveraging its ocean freight expertise, which produces 100-times less CO2 emissions than transporting the same cargo via air,” the statement added.

“With the continued support of Enel, as well as DHL, Formula E isn’t just making history with the first-ever race in New York – but the first zero-emission event in the history of the series,” Agag said.

“Both Enel and DHL share the same common vision and goal to make Formula E carbon neutral by 2020 – the future is electric.”

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