This weekend spectators will watch as the huge Formula E racing teams ride into London, Battersea Park. The park is hosting the first 100% solar charged race called the ePrix. This two day ePrix started in 2014 on the streets in Beijing. At this time it was estimated that over 40 million people viewed the race on their televisions. However, the organizers of this event are predicting that 60,000 people will show up in Battersea Park this weekend to watch the ePrix.
FIA Formula E’s chief executive, Alejandro Agag says that this will be the first race in the world that will use solar to charge the cars. For the last two weeks the park has been transformed into an impressive race track. The track this weekend will be powered completely by solar, from the safety and medical vehicles to the mobile phone charging stations, ticket scanners and TV screens. The pit lane will have 26 solar panels that link to the “mini solar farm”.
This weekend there’ll be 10 two-car teams racing at Battersea Park. The race teams normally charge their cars in a single pit stop and not their batteries. According to Agag there’ll need to be further developments made in order to store energy before all the cars can be powered completely by solar.
However, this weekend is a major step forward in the Formula E racing history because London is showcasing how it’s possible to store energy and have enough power to charge the cars. According to Agag the problem with solar is the amount of energy it generates and the number of panels needed. He went on further to explain to make this a reality you’d need to cover the park with solar panels to have enough energy to charge the cars.
London’s government plans to have every car on the road ultra low emission by 2050. One day soon the electric car will be a reality world wide. Furthermore, this is the right choice to make to save our climate from the harm of carbon emissions. Also if the world went to electric car we could end air pollution within 35 years.
London is hoping that this weekend will open the doors to the prospect of electric cars worldwide. Furthermore, they hope that the Formula E will help them mainstream the technological innovation to make this possible.