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Silent revolution – can Formula E racing change the world?

Like its Formula 1 cousin, the imminent electric car racing championship is set to deliver true excitement for motor sport fans – all backed by a green agenda and a promised environmental legacy

Electric cars are nothing new but ones that can travel in excess of 220 kilometres per hour and go from 0 to 100kph in under three seconds are. The new Formula E Championship, backed by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, was officially launched towards the end of last year after Formula E Holdings – led by former MEP Alejandro Agag – successfully won the tender to be the series promoter.

Beginning in 2014, the championship will feature Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy and racing on 10 street circuits worldwide with events so far selected in London, Rome, Miami, Los Angeles, Putrajaya, Beijing, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro; with two more to be announced soon.

It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades and aims to bring electric racing to the people, with city centres around the globe playing host to an electric energy World Championship designed to promote interest and investment in electric vehicles and sustainable motoring.

“The automotive industry is currently going through a process of significant transformation that will become increasingly visible,” says Agag, who boasts many years’ experience in motorsport including owning current single seat motor racing GP3 and GP3 team Addax. “New and more sustainable technologies are being introduced, which will make cars more efficient and environmentally friendly,” explains Agag.

“In this transformation, the electric car will play a key role, as the most practical and immediate way to achieve these goals. We are convinced that the future of motoring, particularly in cities, is electric. The promotion of clean mobility and sustainability is a priority for the FIA, so joining forces to set up the first sustainable global motorsport championship is a great opportunity for us.”

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