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Preview: Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix 

Preview: Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix 


The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads to Germany and Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport Circuit at the historic Tempelhofer Feld for a double-header and Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2021/22 campaign on 14 & 15 May, as Season 8 reaches its half-way mark.


Formula E’s 11 teams and 22 world-class drivers return to the German capital – a fixture on the calendar since the inaugural 2014/15 season – to tackle an anti-clockwise and clockwise variation of the circuit.

WAYS TO WATCH: Where and how to watch every minute of Season 8

As it stands, just 10 points split Drivers’ World Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ), Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH), Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) and Robin Frijns (Envision Racing). With 58 points on offer over the race weekend, there will be twists and turns before the chequered flag falls on Round 8, and plenty of opportunity for any number of drivers to work themselves into the title hunt.

Saturday’s action gets underway with Free Practice from 07:15 local time, with qualifying at 10:40 and Round 7 itself from 15:00 CET. Free Practice ahead of Round 8 starts at the same time on Sunday, with qualifying also following at 10:40 and the race once again at 15:00. Keep track of all the action at fiaformulae.com/live and tune in where you are via fiaformulae.com/watch.

As it stands…

Last time out, Vandoorne wrested control of the Drivers’ championship after steering to victory in the Monaco E-Prix Round 6. The Belgian fended off the attentions of Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans, with the Kiwi unable to convert Julius Baer Pole Position in the Principality, instead winding up second, with DS TECHEETAH driver Jean-Eric Vergne coming home third. Vandoorne has won around Tempelhof before and he’ll undoubtedly be the driver with the target on his back this weekend.

Third in Monaco made it consecutive podium finishes for Vergne after his second-placed finish in race two from Rome. He’s on an unmatched streak of six points finishes – all inside the top eight – and his podium tally of three is a joint-high and a 50% silverware strike rate in Season 8. Consistency is key in Formula E as Vergne knows better than anybody, and even after losing the Drivers’ advantage to Vandoorne for now, he knows he’s sitting pretty just six points back.

Stoffel Vandoorne BEL (No5) – Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team on the podium with Mitch Evans NZ (No9) – Jaguar TCS Racing and Jean-Éric Vergne FRA (No25) – China DS Techeetah

Evans is three points shy of Vergne, while Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) is stringing together a charge another point behind in fourth spot. The Dutchman has scored strongly in all but the opening race of the season, and his three podiums are as good as any other driver in the standings has yet managed.

ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara had topped the table heading to Rome, but a pair of retirements in Rounds 5 & 6 have temporarily put the brakes on the Swiss-Italian’s challenge. The Season 7 runner-up will be hoping for better luck in Berlin in Season 8 after a dramatic start-line collision with Evans in the finale ended his, and the Jaguar driver’s, title effort right at the last in 2020/21.

As with Mortara, the pace has been there for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team pairing of Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein so far this season. They find themselves sixth and seventh, respectively, and have been points regulars. Monaco was a borderline disaster, however, with Wehrlein suffering a technical issue which forced him into retiring from the race lead. Lotterer, meanwhile, was pushed into the wall at Turn 1 while running in the points. That left a 30-plus point hole in their tally, but the silver lining was that pace and energy management once again looked strong.

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) currently sits eighth in the running with his season yet to fire into life proper, despite a Round 1 win. If he’s to retain his World Championship crown, he must push on in Berlin.

Return to Tempelhof

The net zero carbon race series returns to the 2.4km Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit on the outskirts of the German capital city. Berlin is the only city to have hosted a race in every season of Formula E. In all but one of those seasons – Season 2, when the German round took place near Alexanderplatz – Tempelhofer Feld has been the host venue.

TICKETS: Secure your seat at Tempelhof

Two different configurations will be used over the weekend with Saturday’s race using the traditional anti-clockwise direction and Sunday switching to clockwise. It’s a unique challenge for the teams and drivers, but one they relish – and a favourite of many. The bumpy concrete apron, higher than usual degradation and high grip takes a toll on energy management and makes race strategies a headache but the action is always among the best on the calendar.

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) has six podium finishes in Berlin, and two victories, albeit one at Alexanderplatz. Antonio Felix da Costa is one of three drivers to have two wins to his name at Tempelhof. The DS TECHEETAH driver’s came at the Season 6 finale as he hammered home his advantage to take the title.

Lucas di Grassi won here with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in 2019 and signed off on Audi’s first spell in Formula E with another win on home soil for the brand in Season 7. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) strode to victory in the last race of Season 6 at Tempelhof.

German team announces Formula E return

ABT Sportsline last week confirmed it will return to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the beginning of the Gen3 era, starting 2023.

The German outfit is set to enter as a customer team and makes its way back to Formula E having been a fixture throughout the championship’s first seven seasons. Despite a hiatus in Season 8, following the exit of Audi, ABT can still count itself among the most successful teams in Formula E history, with 47 podiums and 1,380 points to its name.

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The team won the first ever Formula E race in Beijing, 2014, while Lucas di Grassi steered to the Drivers’ title in 2017. ABT sealed the Teams’ crown a season later and partnered with Audi between 2017 and 2021.

Follow live

Follow every lap from Monaco as it happens in the Live Hub. Keep across Live Timing – including a real-time interactive track map and the ability to follow your favourite driver – plus detailed session reports, exclusive interviews, all the standings and results as well as reaction from the ground means fans won’t miss a moment.

New for Season 8, there’s a full race day rundown pulling together everything on-track with the best of social media and in-race clips – alongside the usual Live Hub experience that debuted in Season 7. Get involved using #ABBFormulaE.

The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to Driver Radio for live reactions from the cockpit and the pit wall as the race plays out. To listen in, download now on iOS and Android.

Watch

Don’t miss a minute of Season 8. Keep track of the best ways to tune in where you are at fiaformulae.com/watch.

Get involved

Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 8, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.

Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Rounds 7 & 8 opens on Tuesday 10 May, until 15 minutes into race one, with voting for Round 8 opening at the chequered flag on Saturday. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.

Can you predict the unpredictable? The Formula E Predictor puts you in the hot seat to predict each round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

It’s free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes – selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.



NYC wants to take 25% of its street space away from cars in favor of a walkable/bikeable city

NYC wants to take 25% of its street space away from cars in favor of a walkable/bikeable city


Back when COVID-19 ravaged New York City and turned the city’s transportation needs upside down, significant portions of the road space were repurposed for non-car use. From bike lanes to public seating and urban parks, roads that previously saw gridlocked traffic were nearly instantly transformed into public spaces that benefitted a wider group of residents.


After being forced to realize the benefits of such repurposing of streets, the city is now asking, “Why shouldn’t it just stay that way?”

It’s all part of a new plan known as NYC 25×25, which is backed by NYC mayor Eric Adams.

The proposal calls for 25% of NYC’s street space to be converted into walkable pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, green space, and bus lanes by 2025.

The logic goes that the vast majority of NYC’s streets being dominated by cars doesn’t benefit most city residents, and it doesn’t really benefit cars either. With traffic-clogged streets moving at an average of 5 mph (8 km/h) in Midtown Manhattan, private automobile transportation in NYC is responsible for a significant portion of the city’s carbon emissions, air pollution, and urban grime.

Meanwhile, pedestrians and cyclists are forced to navigate the crowded fringes of roads, often weaving around parked vehicles and heaps of trash awaiting pickup.

And that’s all before even considering the staggering number of pedestrian and cycling deaths caused by cars in the city.

Repurposing street space would help to both clean the city and better serve its residents.

The executive director of Transportation Alternatives Danny Harris, of the group behind the 25×25 proposal, explained to the Guardian that “space minus cars equals quality of life.”

NYC currently has around 3 million free parking spots lining its streets, which is more than the number of cars registered in the city.

And considering that most NYC residents don’t own a car, but rather use other forms of transportation such as buses, subways, bikes, and walking, dedicating so much space to cars simply doesn’t make sense.

As Harris continued:

If you live in a place where buying a car and spending $10,000 a year on car-related payments is your only way to get around, then your leaders have failed you and your children. Using streets to simply move and store cars is not optimizing that space. We just got blinded by the car industry and this belief that we should put an SUV in every garage.

Right now, we give most of New York to cars – but imagine if sidewalks were bigger, if you could bike or quickly take the bus anywhere you wanted, if you didn’t have huge mounds of garbage on every single street. As New Yorkers, we think of ourselves as being tough. But that doesn’t mean we have to live in filth, or that we should fear death or injury every time we cross the street.


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Transportation Alternatives’ plan for NYC would see the creation of 500 miles (800 km) of dedicated bus lanes, another 500 miles of protected bike lanes, new secure garbage containers to prevent the piling of garbage mounds on sidewalks, and widespread community use of car-free roads.

Ultimately, it would result in the equivalent of 13 Central Parks worth of public space to be reclaimed from cars.

The plan has been endorsed my NYC mayor Eric Adams, who said last month that “these are our streets, and it’s about riding, skateboarding, walking. You know, this is a good place you could come shop, sit down, spend time, and just enjoy the outdoors.”

The trend is part of a larger movement that seeks to turn cities around the world from car-centric to people-centric, creating more bikeable and walkable areas that still help move residents around without the negative impacts of cars.

Cities like Paris are leading the charge with car bans in the city center, an increasingly popular method for governments to create navigable cities that are friendly to pedestrians and personal vehicles like bikes and scooters.

Many countries also offer tax incentives to citizens that choose to ride bikes instead of driving cars. The US flirted with its own e-bike buying tax incentive that seems to have stalled in Congress, though US cities like Denver are going it alone with their own e-bike tax rebates programs.

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Micah Toll at electrek



Vandoorne Masters Monaco to take Standings Lead with Round 6 Win

Vandoorne Masters Monaco to take Standings Lead with Round 6 Win


Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne mastered the streets of Monte Carlo with a tactical drive to win the 2022 Monaco E-Prix Round 6 and take the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship lead. The Belgian beat polesitter Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) to the top step, while DS TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne came home third.


Vandoorne emerged on the right side of a mid-race Full Course Yellow and Safety Car which threw race strategies up in the air – the Belgian besting Evans after a race-long battle with the help of some measured energy management.

RESULTS: 2022 Monaco E-Prix Round 6

Having started fourth, Vandoorne had hit the front after then-leader Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) retired from the lead with technical issues on Lap 16. Once at the head of the pack, Vandoorne seized control and made good on both restarts to take the chequered flag first with race pace and energy in-hand.

Top 3

Evans couldn’t quite capitalise on the searing pace that saw him fly to Julius Baer Pole Position but 18 points and second spot after a Rome win-double sees the Jaguar driver’s hot-streak continue.

Vergne followed in third, sparring for the race distance with those ahead and fending off the late attentions of Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns who came home fourth – the Dutchman extending his consistent run of form with the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap also under his belt. That made it a joint-high of three podiums for Frenchman Vergne and he remains the only driver to score points in every race this season.

Antonio Felix da Costa made it two DS TECHEETAHs in the top five, with Lucas di Grassi coming home sixth for a solid haul on home soil for ROKiT Venturi Racing – though Edo Mortara retired late on having run much of the race alongside his teammate in the points.

Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) finished seventh, with Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) and reigning champion Nyck de Vries rounding out the top 10.

All that left Vandoorne six points clear atop the Drivers’ standings, and Mercedes-EQ 15 points ahead of DS TECHEETAH in the Teams’ running.

As it happened… 

Evans held firm into Turn 1, leading Wehrlein and Vergne through the first tour as they were and the pack settled down into formation flying. The early priority looked to be energy management, with the Circuit de Monaco one of the fastest and most flowing on the calendar – meaning drivers were happy to bide their time for opportune moments to make progress without costing them undue usable energy.

Evans had looked to kept a hold on proceedings with eight laps down, content to control the pace and stick to the gameplan. That plan looked to be on rocky ground two laps later, with the Kiwi complaining over the radio to his engineer that Wehrlein and Vergne just behind were a percent to the good on the Jaguar’s usable energy.

Wehrlein began to pressure the leader on Lap 9, with the battle bunching the pack behind and bringing a gaggle of six or seven cars within touching distance as Vergne jumped for ATTACK MODE – the first of the lead group to do so – dropping him temporarily to fifth spot. On Lap 11, the Frenchman made a spot back with a slick move on di Grassi for fourth at the Nouvelle Chicane.

A lap later, Evans went for ATTACK MODE, handing Wehrlein the race lead and promoting Vergne to second spot but it wouldn’t do the German much good – so it appeared – as Evans was able to make it beyond the Porsche. Wehrlein forced his way back by the Jaguar, though, less than half a lap later and down at the chicane on the next tour, Vandoorne also made his way through to pinch third from Evans.

Meanwhile, under braking out of the tunnel and onto the harbourfront, Wehrlein measured a move around the outside of Vergne and went on the defensive – making top spot his own again.

Just as Wehrlein looked as if he had things under control, the Porsche appeared stricken – the left rear corner of the car damaged and Wehrlein all the way out of the running and the race, handing the lead back to Vergne with Vandoorne now second and Evans third.

A Full Course Yellow on Lap 16 was required to snatch Wehrlein’s Porsche, which found itself stuck at the exit of the tunnel. This cost leader Vergne dearly, with the DS driver diving for his second ATTACK MODE activation just prior. That would give leader Vandoorne and second-placed Evans a real breather and on the restart, the Silver Arrow 02 out front was able to draw out a three-second margin to take full control of the race.

Two laps later Mahindra Racing’s Oliver Rowland forced Porsche’s Lotterer into the wall at Sainte Devote – requiring a Safety Car for recovery. Where Vandoorne was the beneficiary during the FCY, this time he fell victim as he had just taken ATTACK MODE two – rendering the boost all but useless under Safety Car conditions while Evans still had one up his sleeve.

On the Green Flag, Vandoorne got away well and had the race win and the lead of the championship in his sights. In behind the Belgian, Evans, Vergne and di Grassi, da Costa in fifth and Mortara sixth still had an ATTACK MODE in-hand. Frijns, Guenther, Dennis and Cassidy continued to squabble for seventh, eighth, ninth and the final points-paying position in 10th – a longstanding back and forth between the quartet.

On Lap 22, Frijns was the big climber in ATTACK MODE – slicing by di Grassi at Beau Rivage and Evans in Casino Square as the Jaguar driver made for the activation loop for his second and final mandatory 13%, four-minute boost. Evans would make ground back, though, with that additional power; first jumping beyond Frijns and then Vergne at Turn 1 on Lap 24 – the Kiwi under two seconds back from race leader Vandoorne.

From there, Vandoorne controlled proceedings and looked to have both pace and usable energy in good supply over the Jaguar of Evans behind. The Belgian duly took the chequered flag, leading Evans home, with Vergne following third.

Round 6 results


Formula E and FIA Reveal All-Electric GEN3 Race Car in Monaco

Formula E and FIA Reveal All-Electric GEN3 Race Car in Monaco


The future of all-electric high-performance motorsport has been revealed by Formula E and the Fedration Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) at the Yacht Club de Monaco where the third-generation Formula E race car was officially unveiled to the public.


The Gen3 is the world’s first race car designed and optimised specifically for street racing. It will debut in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where some of the world’s greatest manufacturers race wheel-to-wheel on the streets of iconic global cities.

GALLERY: Gen3 from every angle

Developed by engineers and sustainability experts at the FIA and Formula E, the Gen3 is the pinnacle of high performance, efficiency and sustainability. Designed to show the world that high performance and sustainability can powerfully co-exist without compromise, the Gen3 pioneers cutting-edge technologies that will make the transfer from race to road.

While aerodynamic development programs have been central to driving incremental improvement in motorsport for decades, the launch of the Gen3 propels software engineering forwards as a new battleground for motorsport innovation and competition. Performance upgrades to the Gen3 will be delivered as software updates directly to the advanced operating system built into the car.

Seven of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers have registered with the FIA to race the new Gen3 in Season 9 of the ABB FIA World Championship with pre-season testing this winter. They are: DS Automobiles, France; Jaguar, UK; Mahindra Racing, India; Maserati, Italy; NIO 333, UK and China; Nissan, Japan;Porsche AG, Germany.

Design, engineering and production innovations for the Gen3 race car include:

Performance:

  • Fastest Formula E car yet with a top speed over 322 kph / 200 mph.
  • Most efficient formula racing car ever with more than 40% of the energy used within a race produced by regenerative braking.
  • Around 95% power efficiency from an electric motor delivering up to 350kW of power (470BHP), compared to approximately 40% for an internal combustion engine.
  • First-ever formula car with both front and rear powertrains. A new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.
  • Ultra-high speed charging capability of 600kW for additional energy during a race, almost double the power of the most advanced commercial chargers in the world.
  • The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes with the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.

Every aspect of Gen3 production has been rethought, redesigned and rebuilt to ensure the car sets the benchmark for high-performance, sustainable racing without compromise. For example, natural materials have been introduced to tyres, batteries and bodywork construction with life cycle thinking at the core.

Sustainability:

  • Gen3 batteries are among the most advanced, sustainable batteries ever made consisting of sustainably-sourced minerals while battery cells will be reused and recycled at end of life.
  • Linen and recycled carbon fibre will be used in bodywork construction for the first time in a formula car featuring recycled carbon fibre from retired Gen2 cars and reducing the overall amount of virgin carbon fibre used. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the production of the Gen3 bodywork more than 10%. All waste carbon fibre will be reused for new applications through adoption of an innovative process from the aviation industry.
  • Natural rubber and recycled fibres will make up 26% of new Gen3 tyres and all tyres will be fully recycled after racing.
  • The carbon footprint of the Gen3 has been measured from the design phase to inform all reduction measures taken to reduce environmental impact, while all unavoidable emissions will be offset as part of Formula E’s net zero carbon commitment.
  • All Gen3 suppliers will operate in line with top international standards to reduce environmental impacts of manufacturing (ISO 14001) and be FIA Environmental Accreditation 3-Star rated.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President said: “Both technologically and environmentally, Gen3 sets new standards in the sport. The FIA and Formula E development teams have done a superb job, and I thank them for their hard work on this project. I am delighted to see so many leading manufacturers already signed up to the championship’s next era and await Gen3’s competitive debut in Season 9 with great anticipation.”

Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer, Formula E said: “Monaco is the spiritual home of motorsport and there is nowhere more fitting to unveil our Gen3 race car. The Gen3 disrupts and challenges the conventions of motorsport, setting the benchmark for performance, efficiency and sustainability without compromise.

“Together with the FIA, we are proud to reveal the Gen3 to Formula E fans and demonstrate to the wider sports industry how elite sport, high performance and sustainability can successfully co-exist in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. We cannot wait to see how our teams and drivers push the car to its limit in 2023.”

Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman, Formula E said: “The Gen3 represents the ambitious third age of Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. With every generation of race car we push the boundaries of possibility in EV technology further and the Gen3 is our most ambitious project to date. The eyes of the world are on the Principality for the Monaco E-Prix and we are proud to reveal a car that been two years in the making in the historic home of motorsport. My thanks go to the great team behind it at Formula E and the FIA – the future of all electric racing is bright.”

Source:

FIA Formula E



Formula E returns with Rome Double-Header

Formula E returns with Rome Double-Header


The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads to Europe and the streets of the Eternal City on 9 & 10 April, with a Rome E-Prix double-header for Rounds 4 & 5 of the season.


Formula E will welcome thousands of spectators back to the Esposizione Universale Roma district of the Italian capital for a showdown in the country’s historical heartland on each of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April.

WAYS TO WATCH: Where and how to watch every minute of Season 8

There’s a home hero for the locals to cheer on in Antonio Giovinazzi (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) after his move from Formula 1, and with three different race winners from the opening three rounds of Season 8, the racing will be as intense as ever at the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR – one of the calendar’s highlights for drivers and fans alike.

As it stands

Edoardo Mortara leads the way in the Drivers’ World Championship after a trio of top six finishes for the Swiss-Italian-French triple national, including a race two win in Diriyah. Silverware and strong points for his ROKiT Venturi Racing teammate Lucas di Grassi in Saudi Arabia helped ensure the Monegasque team had enough on the rest to leave Mexico as Teams’ pacesetters, just ahead of Mercedes-EQ.

Highlights: The Mexico City E-Prix Round 3

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) is second in the running, having made the top step in the season opener. The Dutchman and leader Mortara are two of only four drivers to have scored points in all three rounds of Season 8 so far – the others? DS TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne – a winner in Rome last time around – and Avalanche Andretti driver Jake Dennis, who sit sixth and seventh in the standings.

Porsche throws down the gauntlet in Mexico City

The story last time out in Mexico City was undoubtedly TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s incredible performance. The cork is out of the bottle for the German team, who had long been searching for a first Formula E win.

Pascal Wehrlein delivered in style – securing his own maiden victory in the process.The 27-year-old led home a Porsche one-two, with Andre Lotterer in close company and the pair inflicted an extra lap on the rest to rub salt in the wounds, such was the team’s stategic success.

The pair feel a weight has been lifted, and they’re hungry for more, with Wehrlein and Lotterer sitting pretty in third and fourth in the championship. The former is hunting more silverware in Rome after making the podium in Season 7.

The Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR

The 19-turn 3.385km Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR underwent a number of amendments in close collaboration with local authorities for Season 7, which saw the track become the second longest in Formula E history after Beijing.

The Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazzale Marconi are major landmarks as the circuit winds its way around the iconic Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, known as the “Square Coliseum”. Ninfeo Park will also form a part of the circuit’s perimeter.

It’s a perfect mix of high-speed runs and tight, complex sections and undulations with plenty of opportunities for overtaking at the hairpin and some 90-degree bends – peak Formula E and a big favourite of the drivers. 

A minor tweak this year sees the start moved between Turns 3 and 4 with the finish on the approach to Turn 19.

Formula E in the Eternal City

Street racing hadn’t been a part of Roman culture for 62 years prior to Formula E visiting in 2018, and the track uses parts of the old Tre Fontane circuit from the 1920s – with the start line on Via delle Tre Fontane. 

Electric racing has been a fixture on the streets of Rome since that first trip in Season 4, when Sam Bird (Jaguar TCS Racing) took the chequered flag for DS Virgin Racing.

Bird’s teammate Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) and Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) fought tooth-and-nail for the full 45 minutes in Season 5. In the end, it was the Kiwi who held his nerve, forcing Lotterer to settle for second. Making up for a disastrous race the previous year, Evans defeated his demons to claim both his and Jaguar Racing’s first win.

Jean-Eric Vergne came, saw and conquered on his way to the top step in Round 3 in 2020/21 with a calculated drive from fifth to first.

Rome’s best moments

“It takes a lot of commitment to win in Rome,” says the winner from Round 4 last year, Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ). “There’s a lot of bumps, it’s narrow and it’s very challenging with lots of big braking zones. You need a good feel of the car to place it right.”

Follow live

Follow every lap from Rome as it happens in the revamped Live Hub. Keep across Live Timing – including a real-time interactive track map and the ability to follow your favourite driver – plus detailed session reports, exclusive interviews, all the standings and results as well as reaction from the ground means fans won’t miss a moment.

New for Season 8, there’s a full race day rundown pulling together everything on-track with the best of social media and in-race clips – alongside the usual Live Hub experience that debuted in Season 7. Get involved using #ABBFormulaE.

The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to Driver Radio for live reactions from the cockpit and the pit wall as the race plays out. To listen in, download now on iOS and Android.

Watch

Don’t miss a minute of Season 8. Keep track of the best ways to tune in where you are at fiaformulae.com/watch.

Get involved

Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 8, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.

Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Rounds 4 & 5 opens on Tuesday 5 April, until 15 minutes into race one. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.

Can you predict the unpredictable? The Formula E Predictor puts you in the hot seat to predict each round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

It’s free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes – selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.



Tokyu railway to be 1st in Japan to run all lines on green energy

Tokyu railway to be 1st in Japan to run all lines on green energy


Tokyu Corp. said Monday it will run all its services entirely on energy from solar and other renewable sources beginning Friday, becoming the first Japanese railway operator to do so.


Tokyu said it will purchase so-called non-fossil certificates for electricity in use of all lines it runs in the Tokyo area, including the capital’s bustling Shibuya Station, a move that will effectively cut the company’s carbon dioxide emissions to zero.

Tokyu Corp.’s electricity-efficient 2020-series train introduced on the Denentoshi line in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Tokyu Corp.)(Kyodo)

Issued by the government, non-fossil certificates prove a certain amount of energy has been produced by renewable sources, and the certificates can be purchased by companies to offset the value of their own carbon emissions.



Through the action, reduced CO2 emissions by Tokyu will be equivalent to the amount produced by around 56,000 households a year.

Tokyu operates eight lines accounting for about 105 kilometers of rail tracks across Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture. Its Setagaya Line has been running on renewable energy generated by hydropower and geothermal power plants since 2019, with the eco-friendly initiative expanding to its remaining seven lines.


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The increased costs of electricity procurement will not impact train fares, and Tokyu will also save energy in other ways such as by introducing new electricity-efficient train models to help absorb the costs, the operator said.

Tokyu said electricity consumption for its operations will total more than 350 million kilowatt-hours in fiscal 2022.

The operator plans to slash emissions by 46.2 percent in 2030 from 2019 levels and aims to cut them to virtually zero by 2050.

Tokyu also runs real estate and hotel businesses, and emissions from its railway sector make up about 30 percent of the company’s overall annual carbon output.

Other rail companies are also beginning efforts to reduce emissions. Tobu Railway Co. has said it will run its special express services between Tokyo’s Asakusa tourist district and the resort town of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture north of the capital on renewables from Friday.

Source:

Kyodo News




The Hummer EV Proves We’re Making All the Same Mistakes Again

The Hummer EV Proves We’re Making All the Same Mistakes Again


The only answer is to want less. But human nature is hard to overcome.


When news broke that the upcoming GMC Hummer EV would get 47 mpge, it was hard to feign surprise. A 9000-lb Hummer-branded monster truck that hits sixty with the urgency of a spooked spaceship was never chasing outright efficiency. The exercise was designed to convince a skeptical public that, in this time when prudence and restraint is needed, owners of this gigantic EV will not be expected to sacrifice, grow, or learn. Mission accomplished.

Progress is still evident, however. The energy-guzzling monster truck of today is four times as efficient as the last Hummer that went extinct. Today, though, excess is back, so long as it’s wrapped politely in an EV cellophane. Because EVs are naturally more efficient, we’ve taken the opportunity to free ourselves from restraint in favor of ever dumber, costlier versions of the same old mistakes.

us president joe biden test drives a gmc hummer ev as he tours the general motors factory zero electric vehicle assembly plant in detroit, michigan on november 17, 2021 photo by mandel ngan  afp photo by mandel nganafp via getty images
Despite its excesses, the Hummer has earned GM bipartisan praise and attention.
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Yet there is no real villain here, no final boss in a three-piece suit to vanquish. Because Hummer, GM, the auto industry—whoever—are the symptom not the problem. Surely the brilliant and capable engineers working on this impressive project are excited to wield technology and raise truck performance to new heights. They are passionate people who want, just like us. The real issue is that, on a fundamental level, we want these engineers to make the electric Hummer in the first place.

Because human desire is a moving target, a chalice that can never be full. We wanted cars that were faster until the improvements became neither perceptible nor pleasant, so then we wanted our trucks to go like hell too. We wanted to tow our pleasure craft down to the boat launch with those same trucks and get a massage along the way. We didn’t know what we wanted after that, but we wanted more of it.

Nothing makes this more salient than stepping back in time. When I first read of the Hummer EV’s dismal efficiency, I was sat with a friend at a diner. We’d driven there in a 1991 Acura NSX, which we had camped in the night before. That car, with less power than a modern V-6 Camry and no power steering, was not just comfortable and acceptable for a one-night camping road trip, but utterly sensational. The NSX was talkative and friendly and reasonable, able to be enjoyed on public roads by mortal drivers. The car lacked any mic-drop stat or excess, yet ask any enthusiast in the know, and the NSX would rank near the top of any “Greatest Cars Ever” list. Modern cars are faster and smarter, but that’s it. They aren’t better, they’re just more.

We’re all part of it. This site, the writers on it, we’re all stoking want in the audience, even if we’re trying to aim it toward the good stuff and not the fluff. Since I planted the thought, I’m sure everyone reading this has typed “NSX” into an adjacent Craigslist tab.

This brings us back to the Hummer EV, and the uncomfortable truth of our time. Companies have lost sight of the goal. Instead of trying to reduce the impact that our vehicles have on the planet, they are substituting in the more marketable, profitable goal of converting their current vehicles into heavier electric versions. A dazzling supertruck, a sub-2-second-to-60 sprinter, a quad-motor torque-vectoring hypercar: These things signal to us that our unrestrained want will survive another era, that change without pain is possible.


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POLESTAR PARTNERS WITH SUPPLIERS TO DEVELOP CLIMATE-NEUTRAL CAR


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TAIWAN SOON TO HAVE MORE GOGORO ELECTRIC SCOOTER BATTERY SWAP STATIONS THAN GAS STATIONS


Electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro is famous for its battery-swapping network of GoStations that extensively covers its native Taiwan. The system has become so popular that it will soon eclipse the number of gas stations on the island nation.


The moment, however, is bigger than that. We’re not here because humanity is being called upon to switch to EVs. We’re here because, whoever you blame, it is clear that we need to reduce emissions to ensure that the things we love carry on. It’s not about getting to EVs, it’s about consuming less energy. That means rooting out our unreasonable desires for four-digit power and neck-snapping accelerations.

Those predisposed to hate this line of thinking will assume I’m arguing for the eradication of enthusiasm. Quite the contrary. The conflation of excess and experience is a marketing idea, one contrived to sell you more power you don’t need. This moment, in its moral demand for restraint, gives us an opportunity to refocus our enthusiasm on what matters. The NSX, the 289 Cobra, the Veloster N, the Miata, these are the case studies that prove true enjoyment is found in a simple machine that you can regularly take to its absolute limit. A 1000-hp Tesla or a 9000-lb Hummer isn’t that, it’s a gimmick that ages like milk. There will always be a faster one tomorrow.

The good stuff, the real stuff, requires you to abandon the idea that more is necessary. Because while the world we’ve constructed wants to sell you something. Forever. But a drive in a Miata, a campfire with friends, a meal cooked at home, or a walk in the woods will remind you of the real truth, that happiness is about what happens when you peel away excess. Until we learn that, we’re doomed to decadence.

Source:

Mack Hogan at Road And Track



Polestar partners with suppliers to develop climate-neutral car

Polestar partners with suppliers to develop climate-neutral car


Swedish electric carmaker Polestar said on Wednesday it has partnered with suppliers including Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen and Swedish steelmaker SSAB to speed up the development of a car entirely free of carbon emissions.


The carmaker said it has signed letters of intent to work with Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro , Swedish airbag and seatbelt maker Autoliv, LG Corp, lighting and electronics unit ZKW Group, ZF and SSAB to eliminate carbon emissions in different areas of its electric vehicles.

The auto industry is under pressure to go electric in Europe and China, while wrestling with the problem that it takes more carbon emissions to produce an EV than a fossil-fuel car, notably because of the large batteries.

Unlike most carmakers, Polestar has published assessments of the carbon footprints of its EVs over their entire lifecycle.

“It was clear from the start that this is not a solo-mission and we are very excited to present such a strong line-up of interested partners,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in a statement.


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TAIWAN SOON TO HAVE MORE GOGORO ELECTRIC SCOOTER BATTERY SWAP STATIONS THAN GAS STATIONS


Electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro is famous for its battery-swapping network of GoStations that extensively covers its native Taiwan. The system has become so popular that it will soon eclipse the number of gas stations on the island nation.


Polestar is due to go public by merging with a U.S.-listed blank-check firm Gores Guggenheim , which is backed by billionaire Alec Gores and investment bank Guggenheim Partners, in a deal that will value it at $20 billion.

The electric carmaker was founded in 2017 by Volvo Car Group and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding.

SSAB will work with Polestar on a fossil-free steel, and Hydro will work on zero-carbon aluminium, while the others will focus on reducing emissions in the production of parts and components.

Source:

Nick Carey via Reuters



FORMULA E: WEHRLEIN HEADS HOME PERFECT PORSCHE ONE-TWO IN MEXICO CITY

FORMULA E: WEHRLEIN HEADS HOME PERFECT PORSCHE ONE-TWO IN MEXICO CITY


Pascal Wehrlein led home Andre Lotterer in an historic one-two for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in the Mexico City E-Prix, with both driver and team sealing maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship victories.


Porsche executed the perfect race, with Wehrlein leading from Julius Baer Pole Position and fending off standings leader Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) early on. The pair did drop into the pack behind the Swiss-Italian and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) for a brief period but gained a mighty energy advantage on the rest while still matching the leaders’ pace.

Into the final 15 minutes, Wehrlein and Lotterer picked their moment and dispatched Vergne and then Mortara for the lead, and from there, the Stuttgart manufacturer dictated in both pace and energy management.

Come the chequered flag, Wehrlein and Lotterer had nine seconds in-hand on the rest and were able to soak in the adulations of the tens of thousands of fans packing the famous Foro Sol stadium as they toured to the finish line, more than making amends for the heartbreak in Puebla last season – the ultimate redemption story.

Vergne was able to bring the DS home third, with teammate da Costa battling to fourth after a number of skirmishes. Mortara did enough to retain the Drivers’ World Championship lead with fifth – the Venturi more marginal on energy than the Porsches and DS’ as the race wore on.

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) scrapped to sixth, a second ahead of Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns.

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) showed a stronger turn this time out to take eighth and points – just ahead of teammate Maximilian Guenther and Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti).

Mortara heads the Drivers’ standings by five points over de Vries, with Wehrlein jumping to third with that victory.Mortara moves to 43 points and heads the Drivers’ standings by five points over de Vries, with Wehrlein jumping to third following that victory. ROKiT Venturi Racing leads the Teams’ running on 68 points, with Mercedes-EQ two points back and TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team now third.

Wehrlein celebrates win in Mexico City for Porsche one-two Formula E

As it happened…

Mortara looked to have the jump on polesitter Wehrlein but the Porsche man moved straight across to cover the inside line into Turn 1 to hold onto P1.

It was three wide as the roar of the Foro Sol stadium welcomed the pack through on Lap 1 with Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing), Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) and Guenther battling for eighth. At the same spot a lap later, Vandoorne’s teammate de Vries forced da Costa on the defensive to keep hold of fifth as the DS TECHEETAH driver clipped the wall.

Wehrlein led the pack after a cagey opening five minutes from Mortara, Lotterer, Vergne, da Costa, de Vries, Frijns, Cassidy, Vandoorne and Guenther. Lotterer was first to blink and take the initial of two ATTACK MODE power boosts on Lap 5 in a bid to outwit his teammate out front and Mortara in second – the Venturi man making the jump to activate a lap later.

The race leader covered the pair off on Lap 6 with his first 30kW boost but a poor run out of the stadium compromised him through the fast, sweeping Peraltada and down the start/finish straight. Mortara spied his chance and launched up the inside of the Porsche at Turn 1 for P1.

Behind Mortara, it was now two by two with Wehrlein and Lotterer in the Porsches followed by Vergne and da Costa in the DS TECHEETAH cars. Envision Racing pair Frijns and Cassidy were next up and the Mercedes-EQ duo of Vandoorne and de Vries were line astern just behind them.

On Lap 11, Vergne cleared Lotterer with a patient move up the inside of the Porsche at Turn 9, having worked the opportunity at Turn 8. The Frenchman forced Lotterer into opening the door to his teammate, who obliged to take fourth and shuffle the Porsche to fifth. A lap later, Vergne dispatched the sister Porsche of Wehrlein to pinch second place.

Contact with Wehrlein as the Porsche jumped for ATTACK MODE number two shuffled da Costa to sixth on Lap 14, with Lotterer and Frijns bypassing the DS – bodywork hanging from the left front corner of the Portuguese’ car. Da Costa made amends a couple of laps later to retake fifth with a simple pass inside Frijns at Turn 1 but the battle wasn’t done there. Frijns made use of his second 30kW jolt to force his way by da Costa despite all-out defence from the Season 6 champion.

As the second round of ATTACK MODE boosts shook out, Mortara led Vergne – but only just, with the DS in better shape on usable energy remaining – the Porsches of Wehrlein and Lotterer in third and fourth two percent to the good. The top six were split by just 2.2 seconds heading into the final 15 minutes as Mortara started to conserve energy and back up the pack.

On Lap 25 Wehrlein made his move, passing Vergne into Turn 2 with Lotterer following and Frijns picking his way by, too – the DS nudged back from second to fifth in two corners.

Just two laps later, the Porsches pulled the same move on leader Mortara to make it a one-two with 10 minutes plus one lap to go.

On Lap 31, Frijns got the move done on Mortara for third on the way into Foro Sol, though both were two percent down on energy compared to the DS’ behind. Frijns held on, though, with Vergne taking fourth from Mortara at the hairpin and da Costa following on Lap 35. The pair dispatched Frijns to take third and fourth respectively on the way into the stadium two laps later. Calculated stuff from the French outfit.

Mortara was able to outdo Frijns for fifth with a minute plus a lap to go, with the Envision marginal on energy but lost out into Turn 1 as the Dutchman fired one up the inside into Turn 1 – both just about getting it stopped.

The Porsches crossed the line with a second to go, making it an unanticipated additional lap plus another to come for many with usable energy looking tight.

Wehrlein and Lotterer coasted home as a pair to take in the adulations from the Foro Sol, and the chequered flag. Vergne brought his DS home third ahead of teammate da Costa, while Mortara held on to fifth ahead of de Vries. Frijns slipped to seventh on the last lap after an all-action encounter, with Buemi following in eighth. Guenther and Dennis rounded out the points-paying positions.



Formula E: REIGNING CHAMPION DE VRIES HEADS MERCEDES-EQ ONE-TWO IN DIRIYAH OPENER

Formula E: REIGNING CHAMPION DE VRIES HEADS MERCEDES-EQ ONE-TWO IN DIRIYAH OPENER


Reigning champion Nyck de Vries led home a Mercedes-EQ one-two in the opening round of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, with Stoffel Vandoorne second and Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) third.


De Vries sealed his first victory in Formula E here last year and took advantage of an uncharacteristic Vandoorne slip-up to double up, with the Belgian missing his second jump through the ATTACK MODE activation loop. The pair were dominant from there, winding up eight seconds clear of Dennis.

Jaguar TCS Racing’s Sam Bird crossed the line a fighting fourth, with Andre Lotterer (Porsche) looking strong early on – particularly in a fiesty duel with Dennis. The German eventually slipped down the order from a provisional podium position to 14th as his usable energy became ever more marginal as the race drew on. 

RESULTS: The full classification from Round 1

Lucas di Grassi showcased his renowned racecraft to notch fifth on debut for ROKiT Venturi Racing just ahead of teammate Edoardo Mortara and Nick Cassidy – the Envision Racing man also taking the point for TAG Heuer Fastest Lap. 

DS TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne followed in eighth, pipping rookie Oliver Askew who’ll be happy with his first effort in the series and points on the board – no mean feat. Jaguar’s Mitch Evans rounded out the points-paying positions.

De Vries heads the way in the Drivers’ World Championship from Vandoorne, with Mercedes-EQ heading the Teams’ running.

The Diriyah E-Prix Round 2 follows at the same time tomorrow.

As it happened…

Vandoorne and de Vries picked up where they left off in Season 7 right off the line, with the Belgian leading the pack away and the reigning champion jumping Dennis into second position with Lotterer following in fourth – pulling a second-and-a-half on those behind after the opening couple of laps.

Ten minutes in, and the lead trio of Vandoorne, de Vries and Dennis began to pull clear of Lotterer and the rest. Di Grassi sat as he did at lights out, in fifth, with Bird, Maximilian Guenther in his first race for Nissan e.dams, Cassidy, his Envision Racing teammate Robin Frijns and Mortara rounding out the top 10.

On Lap 6, de Vries, Dennis and Lotterer jumped for their first 30kW ATTACK MODE boost, with Vandoorne covering them off a lap later. A scrap was underway a little further back for ninth, on the cusp of the points, between Mortara, Frijns, Oliver Rowland (Mahindra Racing), Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche), Evans and Vergne. Rowland came off worst in a battle with Frijns, starting with a clash at Turn 14 and ending up with the Brit’s car backwards in the wall and out of the race, while Frijns slipped to 14th and was penalised for his part in the incident.

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The new Porsche Taycan Safety Car made its first appearance while the stranded Mahindra was recovered, with the race going green again on Lap 11 and the lead quartet getting the jump on the rest.

Lotterer leapt for his second 30kW boost before the De Vries, Vandoorne and Dennis and managed the undercut on the Andretti driver. Vandoorne hamstrung his chances – and ultimately cost himself the race win – by missing the activation for his second dose of ATTACK MODE when the rest matched Lotterer up, leaving the Porsche sitting pretty and costing the Belgian the lead to his teammate de Vries.

Round 1 results