Overview

Formula E is the world’s first electric street racing series, defined by real street rivalries, raw electric performance, and renewable energy within reach. Formula E is disruptive in motorsport, redefining the very boundaries of what a sport can be through the unique fusion of entertainment, sustainability, technology and innovation. We are fighting climate change by offering electric vehicles as a solution to air pollution in city centres and breaking down the barriers to the electric vehicle market: Technology, Perception and Infrastructure. 


We are not just a race! We are a technological and sustainable development test bed for some of the leading companies in and out of motor racing to address mobility and environmental issues.


We believe that electric vehicles represent the future and are the answer to sustainable transportation and fighting climate change. However we acknowledge that in our push into the electric era and the transition towards low carbon societies, the power used needs to be low carbon too. 


The concept of sustainability for Formula E is to reduce our footprint as much as possible and have a positive impact on both people and the planet: 

Energy: That’s why we are committed to powering our cars with a virtually zero emission and 100% renewable fuel, from our revolutionary Formula E Glycerine Generators.

Tyres: Our unique tyres are hybrids specially designed by Michelin, suitable for all weather conditions, last the entire race, and are all recycled at the end of the day! 

Tracks: Formula E is the city street racing series, racing on temporary tracks in the hearts of some of the coolest cities in the world such as Mexico, Paris, Berlin, Montreal and NYC. 

Spectators: Formula E is bringing the race to our fans in city centres to encourage the use of public transports, that’s why we don’t offer parking spaces. We also have a great online platform where fans can watch the race live and in 360°!

Calendar: Our race map has been designed to have a cluster approach region by region to optimise our freight in order to use more boat or road freight and less place, thanks to our Official Logistics Partner, DHL.


We are pioneering the transition towards smart cities and low carbon economies, societies, and transportation by bringing electric vehicles to the forefront of people’s minds and making them aware of the huge environmental, social and economic benefits this can have on both people and the planet. Through the championship, our Legacy Programmes and digital channels, we wish to raise awareness and inspire change in sustainable practises, and contribute to reduce global emissions and our impact on the environment.

Our philosophy is to pioneer and our belief is that the future of sustainable mobility can be expressed in 5 words:

Electric: We want to show how electric vehicles are the future of sustainable transportation, the key to lowering global emissions in the transport industry and a solution to air pollution in city centres. 


Clean: We are supporting the transition to low carbon economies, societies and transportation through the advocacy of clean fuels. Our cars are charged by a 0% emission and 100% renewable glycerine fuel and we are committed to RE100, powering the races with 100% renewable energy by season 5.  


Connected: We wish to drive the future of fully integrated smart cities and utilise technological innovation to enhance our behaviour when driving such as Qualcomm’s HALO wireless charging technology which is integrated into the BMW i safety and medical cars. 


Shared: We encourage the use of public transport to all of our races, which is why we don’t provide parking at our events. From enhanced and cleaner public transport to the shift from individual ownership; we believe the future foresees the growth in electric vehicle sharing as a solution to reduce global emissions. 


Driverless: We are constantly pushing the limits of technology in sports. Our new support race in season 3, the Roborace, puts driverless personalities under the ultimate test to accelerate their technological development. 

 

What is sustainability?

The notion of ‘sustainability’ arose from the World’s first Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro in 1992:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Brundtland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development (1992)

Sustainability is about creating an awareness of our impacts on the people and the planet, to change behavioural patterns and innovate in ways to find solutions to environmental, social and economic issues, so that we can help to benefit the people and the planet today and in the future.

Air quality is one of the most pressing global issues of our time for human beings. The cities of the world contribute disproportionately to environmental damage, as they currently produce around 75% of carbon emissions. With the present energy intensive modes of urban development and the predicted addition of 3 billion more city-dwellers by 2050, highlights that we need to take quick and large scale action to limit climate change.

At Formula E we understand that these issues are interdependent. According to various reports from the UN, in 2015 the transport sector was responsible for around one quarter of energy related global greenhouse emissions from fossil fuel combustion, and one fifth of total energy use. The transport sector has the highest CO2 emissions growth of all sectors and is expected to grow one third by 2050.

 
 
Figure 1- Global Breakdown of Total CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion. Source: International Energy Agency

Figure 1- Global Breakdown of Total CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion. Source: International Energy Agency

 
 

Transport touches almost every one of our lives on a daily basis. Whether you are driving your kids to school, riding on the tube or bus to work, taking a flight to a well-deserved holiday destination. The importance of transport to economy and social wellbeing is undeniable, as is transports impact on the environment as a major contributor of damaging climate emissions and air pollution worldwide.

The UN states that:

“In order to support global reductions in CO2 emissions from the transport sector, technical innovation will have to go hand in hand with supporting policies…Improving the efficiency of new cars, from incremental technology improvements and hybridisation, at this rate would make it possible a 50% improvement in the average fuel economy of all cars on the road worldwide by 2050.” 

UNEP Global View of Emissions Report states:

"That’s why here at Formula E we have stepped up to the challenge of sustainable mobility and made it our priority to improve air quality of the cities in which we race and reduce emissions from the transport sector through the research, development and promotion of electric vehicles, their infrastructure and encouraging the use of clean energy."

With the amount of cars set to increase by one third by 2050, and the rate that transport emissions are already growing, Formula E strives to reach out to a new generation of motor racing fans, to create awareness of these impacts and change perceptions towards the adoption of electric vehicles for a more sustainable and clean future. Not only this, but we wish to do it in style, making the electric vehicle market as competitive, fun and exciting as possible.  

Sources

 
 

This report demonstrates how sustainability is integral to Formula E’s business strategy, vision, mission, values and Legacy Programme.

In our Sustainability Report, we have openly and honestly identified data from all of our activities in order to aid the measurements of our environmental impacts as a championship. The report aims to show that we are acutely aware of our environmental impact, and to highlight the key areas in which we can work to lower our impact and carbon footprint in the future.

The report outlines our mission, vision and values and overarching goals which brought Formula E from a concept, to the completion of our inaugural season. Our Environmental Policy defines our objectives and targets that underpin everything that we believe will keep pushing us towards a more sustainable future, and how we wish to move forward in the upcoming seasons.

The report highlights the commitment of Formula E to implement and comply within a high quality environmental management system, support the promotion of renewable energy, and how we wish to bring prosperity to communities through the establishment of our Legacy Programmes.

Formula E strives to keep making the best efforts in the upcoming seasons to reduce our footprint as much as we can. We wish to keep on benefiting the transportation industry, so that we may significantly improve air quality and substantially improve the quality of life in cities where our ePrix are held.

To read the sustainability report from Season 2
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Life Cycle Assessment - Sustainable Impacts of Formula E

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is at the forefront of sustainable studies. It takes a holistic view of the production, running and the end of life of the event, assessing its impact from the cradle to the grave, or to another cradle.

The LCA not only calculates our carbon footprint, but also performs a comprehensive data collection incorporating the championship’s impact on climate change, water footprint, ecosystems quality, natural resources and human health. The areas of Formula E activity that are assessed include development and production of the cars, freight, business travel, event logistic and management, spectator travel, infrastructure and overlay and energy consumption.

In our inaugural season, Formula E’s footprint was estimated at 25,000t CO2-eq. To put that in perspective, this number equals:

  • 110 flights from London to Chicago with 320 passengers aboard
  • The electric consumption of 11,000 UK households per annum
  • 3,400 trips around the Earth by Car

In season 2, our footprint has been calculated at 12,000 tCO2-eq. This number is equivalent to:

  • 60 transatlantic flights from Paris to New York with 320 passengers aboard
  • The electricity consumption of 7,900 UK households
  • 1,600 trips around the earth by car. This is a significant decrease in our footprint from season 1 

This shows that we have been improving our data collection from our first season where we overestimated our impacts, with this year bringing us closer to reality. It also proves that the LCA is a successful tool for measuring our impact and allowing us to take decisive actions in all areas of our activity in order to keep reducing our impact in the future, and increasing our positive sustainable legacy.

Our most impacting areas in Season 2 were freight, business travel and food and drinks:

Freight: As we are a global championship and temporary event we need to move a certain amount of material around the globe with us. Where possible we opt for trucks, trains and boats, as they have a significantly smaller impact than air freight – however our car batteries must be flown for safety reason, making this emission unavoidable.

Business Travels: In order to make electric cars and our event as cool as possible this requires the most momentous amount of work and effort from all of our team, and race day requires most of our staff to travel to the trackside. Consequently, having all of our team travel by air has been impactful.

Food and Drinks: All that racing and excitement makes us hungry! But we are trying our best to source all our food locally and sustainably to reduce the footprint of our meals and drinks on offer in the eVillage, media centre, crew catering for the staff and teams and for our luxury hospitality area, the EMOTION Club.

We understand at this point we are not perfect, but the LCA makes sure that we are fully aware of our impact and provides us with transparency in our operations. We aspire to keep reducing our footprint. For all of the emissions which we cannot avoid we neutralise through carbon offsetting. Thanks to our partnership with the leaders in global energy solutions, Enel, we will identify carbon offsetting projects in the countries that we race in, which will not only benefit environmental protection but also have very strong social benefits to local communities. 

 
 
 

Ernst & Young Report - Projected Benefits of Formula E

 
 
 
 

In 2013, Formula E commissioned Ernst & Young (EY) to assess the global value of Formula E to the electric vehicle market over the next 25 years (2015-2040) and its wider economic, environmental and social impact, in addition to delivering a sustainable legacy.

EY determined the potential of Formula E to drive technological innovation, social awareness, and infrastructure development for sustainable mobility. The value of Formula E was measured by evaluating how the championship will contribute to removing barriers to the electric vehicle market.

3 main topic areas:

  • Green growth factors include proceeds from additional electric vehicles sold, savings from fuel energy, extra sales in the industry, and benefits from new job creation.
  • Social factors include savings on healthcare costs from pollution reduction and benefits to the general quality of life.
  • Environmental savings encompass reduction in oil, consumption and CO2

FIA, investors and the Formula E management team believe that the championship’s potential to generate value for society is a strategic and intangible asset of the competition. Therefore EY concluded that a core differentiator of the championship is its sustainability strategy, as well as the environmental and social commitments.  

The main finding of the report is that Formula E can significantly contribute to remove electric vehicle market barriers and to create positive externalities and value for society over the next 25 years:

  • 57-77M additional EVs sold around the world over the next 25 years
  • 900M tonnes of CO2 avoided – the equivalent of Italy’s annual emissions over 2 years
  • 25BN€ of savings on healthcare costs and productivity from pollution reduction
 
 
 

Global Electric Vehicle Report 2016

Formula E aspires to pioneer and accelerate the change towards an electric future through our innovative city street racing.  Alongside our partners, we wish to show how electric vehicles will revolutionise everyday transportation and have a positive impact on people and the environment through the showcasing, research and development of electric cars in order to provide a solution to air pollution in city centres.

The transport sector currently accounts for nearly a quarter (23%) of global energy related greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. Wide scale global deployment of EVs across all modes of transport is vital to meet sustainability targets, and is key to the future of sustainable transport systems. The Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change and Call to Action sets a global deployment target of 100 million electric cars and 400 million electric two and three wheelers in 2030. With the goals of the Paris Conference to lower average global temperatures to 2°C by 2030, the transport industry will be required to contribute one fifth of the total reductions of GHG emissions. This has set out an ambitious yet opportunity for substantial market growth for EVs.

Between 2014 and 2015 the registration of electric cars rose by 70%, with over 1.26 million EVs on the road at the end of 2015. The two main electric car markets are China and the United States. In 2015, seven countries have reached over 1% of the EV market share: Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France, China and the United Kingdom.

The report outlines how the government and people have succeeded in demonstrating that EVs can deliver affordability, practicality, safety and sustainable characteristics. This has been supported by ambitious targets and policies which endeavoured to lower the associating costs, extend the range and reduce global consumer barriers to the EV market.

The key barriers to the EV market include EV infrastructure and battery costs and range. The report states battery development has shown encouraging growth over the last 10 years to hit targets from carmakers and the United States Energy Ministry.

The report draws attention to the benefits of investment in EV roll out to support the transition to low carbon economies, limit the effects of climate change (When EVs are put onto a decarbonised grid), reduce carbon intensity of transport energy carriers, reduce GHG emissions in power generation, support the integration of RE in the power generation mix, improves air quality and reduces noise. 

If you would like to read the full report, please follow this link

 
 

From an Environmental Management System to a Sustainable Management System

Formula E’s strong efforts and commitment towards sustainability by our Environmental Management System (EMS) were rewarded with the achievement of the highest level of environmental accreditation from the FIA Institute (FIAI), the sustainable body of the FIA. Formula E is very proud to have become the first championship to receive the Achievement of Excellence!  

The EMS refers to the company’s management of environmental programmes in a planned, systematic, comprehensive, documented and transparent manner. The EMS oversees the organisational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining all relevant policy for responsible environmental activity. We measure, monitor and report the areas of carbon management, energy use, environmental performance, key impacts (e.g. LCA), communication and management commitment.

Since everything started with, and is owing to the FIA, it seemed only natural that Formula E came together with the sustainable body of the FIA, the FIAI, to align our policies and utilise the excellent tools they have on offer to help us pave the way for other motorsport disciplines and the wider sporting industry.

The FIAI introduced their Sustainability Programme in order to raise global awareness around environmental management in the motor sporting industry, and to provide stakeholders with a clear and consistent set of good practise guidelines. The FIAI’s reputable Environmental Accreditation Scheme is based on world-leading environmental standards (such as ISO 14001, EMAS, BS 8555) and Global Reporting Initiatives. The accreditation is awarded at three levels, Commitment to Excellence, Progress towards Excellence and the Achievement of Excellence.

Our Management team has been committed to ensure that sustainability is part of our core strategy. Throughout the championship we have followed and implemented the FIAI’s Environmental Certification Framework to the highest level alongside the compliance of our own Environmental Policy and activity relating to sustainability of the championship.

In Season 3 we will be adapting our Environmental Management System into a more holistic approach that focuses not only on environmental issues but also social inclusivity and economic prosperity, creating our Sustainable Management System.

 

The International Standard of Sustainability in Events

 
Freight: Despite increased efficiency with our circular based race calendar, as the championship moves around the globe the equipment still needs to be freighted to each race location, causing unavoidable emissions. For safety reasons our batteries must be flown by air, which has a far higher impact than being transported by road or train.
 

In a continual improvement process regarding our Management System we decided to implement the International Standard of Sustainability in Events (ISO 20121) at the 2016 VISA London ePrix and received first party certification! 


The Sustainability Team worked closely with London Event’s Manager and our Procurement Manager in order to develop a proper Management System integrated to all the activities of our showcase season finale ePrix. This whole process will reinforce the fact that Formula E and its stakeholders are sustainable leaders and innovators, leading the way in their industry and inspiring others. It is an international acknowledgement of your contribution and support towards sustainability.


Please find below a link, also available on our website/Sustainability/Management System to access four (4) documents for your review and feedback, which is the key to get our FIA Formula E 2016 VISA London ePrix certified

We will use our experience and groundwork as a benchmark to build from and certify the whole championship. From Season 3 onwards, we will implement the ISO 20 121 for each of our races and strive to receive 3rd party certification for the entire championship by season 5.  Other events that have achieved this certification are the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, the Roland-Garros and the UEFA Euro 2016. 


The implementation represents our next steps towards a more holistic approach to not only increase our positive impacts on the environment, but also social inclusivity and economic prosperity. The third party certification ensures the highest level of legitimacy and recognition, will increase our sustainable credentials and enhance our business competitiveness. We will be setting a standard in the sports and events industry, of the highest level of sustainable practise and become the first ever motorsport Championship to receive this prestigious certification. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Environmental Policy

 
 

Our Environmental Policy is an internally agreed document where we state our faith towards the people and the planet, and underpins the direction of how we wish to move forward throughout the second Season, highlighting everything in which we believe will lead us to a more sustainable future.

Key areas:

  1. Looking for innovation that contributes to improving sustainability
  2. Breaking down barriers to the use of EVs
  3. Creating 21st century sustainable entertainment
  4. Reducing our footprint by improving efficiency
  5. Promoting and increasing our use of renewable energy
  6. Minimising the environmental impact of our offices and employees
  7. Striving to exceed our legal requirements
  8. Being at the forefront of our ecosystem
  9. Being open and honest in reporting our results

To view a full version of our Environmental Policy, please click here 

 
 
 

Objectives and Targets

Working in connection with our Environmental Policy, our sustainable objectives and targets are the aims and goals we have set out for ourselves in order to keep improving our environmental performance.

Our objectives and targets are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound).

Our objectives are what we want to achieve in the long term in regards to sustainability.

Season 2 objectives:

  1. To continually develop our Legacy programme each season
  2. To cut our CO2 emissions by 30% by the end of S5
  3. Reduce our footprint by implementing a carbon offsetting programme by the end of S5
  4. As part of our commitment with RE100, use 100% RE for the race events, by the end of S5
  5. Increase employee awareness and improve facilities, to be able to annually reduce the environmental impact of our offices
  6. To meet and exceed social and environmental laws each season
  7. Gain at least two strategic partners by the end of S5
  8. To produce at least one scientific study each season based on sound data that will be made publically available

Our targets are the key points to help us achieve in the short to medium term our path to our long term objectives.

To view a full version of our Season 2 Objectives and Targets, please click here

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our EMS, Environmental Policy or Objectives and Targets please do not hesitate to get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

sustainability@fiaformulae.com

 

 

The 2016 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

Company of the Year: This award goes to the company who is genuinely committed to developing innovative and sustainable business practises, has put in place initiatives to reduce their impact on the environment and has done the most to promote low carbon economies. 

Sustainability Team of the Year: The award honours the sustainability team who have delivered quantifiable environmental and operational improvements in their business, who have effectively communicated sustainability in an innovative manner and have successfully executed sustainable projects. 

2016 British Renewable Energy Awards

Formula E were winners of the Low Carbon Transport category. This award recognises quality, commitment and innovation in low carbon vehicles powered by clean energies, highlighting the pioneering 0% emission and 100% renewable fuel used to power our Race Car by the Formula E Glycerine Generators. The award also recognised the strong efforts of Formula E to accelerate technology in sustainable mobility technologies alongside our Partners. 

Achievement of Excellence

Formula E has become the first championship promoter to be awarded with the highest level of environmental performance, the Achievement of Excellence, in the FIA Institute’s Sustainability programme.

RE100

RE100 is a global initiative lead by The Climate Group to support influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. Formula E is committed to make our entire business operations 100% renewable in the future, and we are at 50-60% of our goals towards 100% at the events.

Cleaner Future Campaign

The 2015 VISA London ePrix became the backdrop for Greenpeace’s Cleaner Future Campaign, designed to show people the sustainable benefits of EV’s. Please click here to see life-size polar bear Paula showing her support for the FIA Formula E championshi

Corporate Social Responsibility

Our CEO was awarded for Individual Outstanding Leadership (for Innovation & Technology) at the awards which celebrate business excellence and innovation within Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Green Sports Alliance

GSA, a prestigious network of sports leagues, teams, venues, partners and fans, is dedicated to promoting the development of better practise and solutions to environmental challenges within the sporting industry

Cleantech Award

The Cleantech awards highlight those who play a pivotal role in the shaping of the future green energy and clean tech industries. Formula E was nominated in the category of Energy Champion of the year.

 

Here at Formula E we wish to challenge conventional thinking, spread awareness and inspire change.

That’s why our cars are powered by a 0% emission, 100% renewable glycerine fuel, and sustainability is at the core of what we do. To think globally and act locally is what drives us to bring the race to the heart of cities around the world to show you, our fans how awesome electric cars are, and show you the benefits of clean technologies provide solutions to the most pressing environmental issues as a result of emissions from the transport industry.

When we think globally, we think: Sustainable transportation, clean energy, air quality and innovative solutions for a better planet. Now, please join us in celebrating the most genius, awe-inspiring and the outrageously brilliant ideas, people, companies, game changers and innovators who have taken these global issues and used their knowledge and creativity to pioneer action and change on a local scale.

 
 

The Legacy Programme is Formula E and our Partners commitment to leave behind a long lasting heritage on sustainability through environmental improvements and creating social awareness.

Foundations

We have two official and International Foundation Partners: One Drop and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. It is our aim to identify a 3rd charity to support in each hosting city.

There is no denying that air quality and water are the most pressing global issues of our time. Transport emissions in cities exacerbate the problem, with the majority of environmental damage happening in metropolitan areas, producing around 75% of global emissions. Today, around 780 million people lack access to safe water while 2.4 billion are deprived of access to adequate sanitation. By 2025, 5.3 billion people, two-thirds of the world’s population, could lack access to enough water to meet their basic daily requirements.

Formula E believes that these issues are interdependent and are a result of serious environmental damage and climate change. That is why Formula E is dedicated to improving air quality in the city centres in which we race through the promotion of electric vehicles and clean energy, but also tackling the problem of sustainable safe water access. Air and water are basic human rights, of which many people around the globe are being deprived of, and this must change.  

To address the water issue, Formula E has decided to join forces with One Drop, an expert in water, sanitation and hygiene programming. For air, Formula E has partnered with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Our collaboration with both allows us to fulfil our commitment.

With the help of our Foundation partners, Formula E has organised Gala Dinners on race weekends, during which auctions are held to raise funds which are then distributed between each official charity, benefiting a joint project. Last year, $1million was raised through these Gala Dinners which benefited a joint project in Guatemala, ensuring sustainable living conditions and safe water access, thus accelerating the economic development and quality of life of entire communities.

This year we will host 4 Gala Dinners: Mexico City and Long beach will benefit One Drop, Paris will benefit Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and the London Gala Dinner will benefit both.

Please click here to see how Formula E, One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have teamed up to make the world a better place to live.

 

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation: http://www.fpa2.com/home.html

©ONE DROP™: https://www.onedrop.org/en/

Our common project in Guetamala: https://www.onedrop.org/en/project/guatemala/  

 

Local Legacy

Our local Legacy Programme unfolds in many ways, not only do we wish to leave our race venues as we found them, but we wish to leave them in a better condition! This could include a series of infrastructural improvements. We also wish to establish a social legacy which focuses especially on young people because we believe in the magnanimous importance of educating the younger generations on sustainability.

In Season 1, the Formula E School Series aimed at informing children on electric vehicles by offering them a unique and interactive experience of building and racing their very own racing electric vehicle kit cars around the Formula E racetrack in the hosting cities.

From Season 3 onwards, we will be concentrating on the importance of children’s education in STEM subjects (Science, technology, engineering and maths) as an essential source for future innovation and sustainability. STEM subjects shape our everyday lives, and we believe in the incredible importance of the future of children of the next generation, and their education will have an important role in their future of the country and world in which they live

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In the run up to the 2016 VISA London ePrix, Formula E collaborated with the sports charity StreetGames, as part of the Formula E Legacy Programme and our commitment to having a positive impact on the area in which we race. StreetGames were the perfect match to be our Official Local Charity Partner in London as we both share the vision of: Sport, educating children, social inclusion, changing attitudes, creating opportunities, creativity and innovative engagement. 

StreetGames are a charity whose aim is to make sports more accessible to young people from the lowest socio-economic groups around the UK. Not only are they increasing health and wellbeing in these young people but are dedicated to lowering youth crime and unemployment through getting kids active, teaching them how to sustain themselves and utilising sports as a tool of creativity and empowerment. They do this in a unique manner, tailoring each project to fit the community in which it serves.

Before the race weekend, our number one British Formula E driver Sam Bird headed back to his hometown Roehampton to get involved in a mini-football festival which brought together a number of different community groups in the area. Showing off his impressive footy skills, Sam also got a chance to speak to the kids and share the story of his road to success and offer some words of advice. A huge inspiration, a boy who grew up just around the corner, Sam told the kids, ‘Whatever you want to be in life, whether you want to be a footballer, a mechanic or a Racing Driver. Whatever you want to be in life, all of you can achieve it if you work hard enough and if you push yourself to the limits to achieve that goal.’

Over the weekend at the VISA London ePrix in Battersea Park, fans headed over to StreetGames area where they had created a fun and exciting area where fans could try out some zorbing, bubblefootball and other activities! The StreetGames volunteers had the opportunity to interact with our fans to tell of the history and background of the projects and initiatives of the charity, and to spread the StreetGames message.

Please support StreetGames in their mission to bring sports to as many young people from disadvantaged areas in the UK as possible. Please follow this link to donate to StreetGames and support their worthy cause.

At the 2016 VISA London ePrix we were also very honoured to host the group Cherished Memories for the day. Cherished Memories are a charity which gives an unforgettable experience to children who have life threatening illnesses or who are terminally ill. We had so much fun with the kids, their siblings and family watching the race, exploring the eVillage and going for a special visit into the garages to meet some of the drivers and find out more about the Formula E race cars. The charity takes pictures and videos which they make a compilation to last as a very much cherished memory to all of the families and friends.

Cherished Memories also came along to the Formula E pre-season testing at Donington Park this August to see all of the team’s trialling the cars in anticipation of the upcoming season.

If you would like to find out more, or support Cherished Memories and their incredible mission to give an unforgettable experience to these children, please follow this link.

 
 

As part of a business program that our Official Logistics Partner DHL is leading on behalf of Formula E and our Partners, the eStory covers topics of mobility innovations, sustainable technology solutions and community initiatives that are expected to have a positive effect on the consumer market and society in the coming years. The eStory explores behind the scenes of the championship as a platform for social, economic and environmental innovations that have been achieved through the collaborative nature of the Formula E platform.

The eStory aims to unlock the potential for boosting innovation and sustainable mobility, facilitate mass market adoption of sustainable mobility solutions by accelerating technological developments, bringing these to the attention of major market players, and by increasing acceptance through educating people about e-mobility.

Formula E acts as a catalyst for technological innovation in the automotive industry. It brings together major global corporations that recognise the benefits of developing cross-industry collaborations and of jointly building innovative and sustainable solutions. The eStory brings to light an extremely exciting and unprecedented push into the potential of electric vehicle technology and Formula E as a platform for technological and sustainable innovation. The case studies that are presented in the White Paper, provided by 13 of Formula E’s partners, demonstrate the ability of Formula E to foster innovation and showcase how the outcomes have far outreached the scope of a racing championship.

“The success of electric mobility is influenced by multiple external trends, but also requires other pillars to be activated, including technological progress, having the right infrastructure and business models in place, and communication. For DHL, Formula E is a powerful unifying platform for players of the various industries to explore and innovate, and thus jointly shape the future of sustainable mobility,” explains Manoella Wilbaut, author of the report, eStory Leader and Head of Global Commercial Developments & Sustainability, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “The innovations generated and tested during the first season are only the first steps towards this common goal, with much more to be inspired by Formula E.” 

To read or download the full report to understand what goes on behind the scenes at Formula E, please click here

 
 

Track the iceberg used in #ProjectIce

Following Formula E’s pioneering #ProjectIce adventure during which Lucas di Grassi drove the all-electric racer, the championship has teamed up with Southampton University in order to advance the understanding of the effect of climate change on the ice that is breaking off from the Arctic ice sheet.

During the expedition, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag planted a tracking device on one of the icebergs off the coast of Greenland, which will be monitored in real time to record information about the journey the iceberg is undertaking. You can keep abreast of this too here: https://my.yb.tl/greenlandiceberg

 
 
 
 

Since the tracker was placed in early August, when it was off the west coast of Greenland, it has slowly made its way down the coastline, and it is now situated inside a bay. The sensor itself has a life expectancy of several years.

Southampton University will continue to monitor the movement if the iceberg and gain a greater understanding of the way these are contributing to rising sea levels.

Professor Jane Hart of University of Southampton said: “Climate change and its effects require considerable technological advances in order for us to understand and counter them. Formula E are a good example of cutting edge research into new vehicles and the technologies used are closely related to many we work on at the University of Southampton. We hope that the exchange of information between us will benefit not only our research but the public understanding of science and technology.”

The aim is to have a second data tracker on a separate iceberg by next summer to help further examine how ice travels before it becomes an iceberg.