Formula E, innovation in pole position in Mexico

Published on Friday, 31 March 2017

All is set for the ePrix in Mexico City, the fourth race in the 2016-2017 Formula E world championship, the competition for single seat electric vehicles.

Saturday 1st April the quiet rockets will hit the track to face off once again in a battle of velocity and battery management at the Hermanos Rodriguez race track, the only permanent circuit in the Formula E calendar. All of the other races in the championship, in fact, are held on specially prepared road tracks, with the aim of introducing a new model of sustainable mobility to urban scenarios.

The Hermanos Rodriguez circuit has been adapted to the requirements of electric vehicles and differs significantly from the track used for Formula 1. At just over two kilometres in length (the Formula 1 track is 4.3 km), it is oval in shape and retains the fast, raised, original Peraltada bend that leads onto the home straight.

Enel is also under starter’s orders in the eVillage created within the race track complex, having installed the smart microgrid to supply and manage the electricity to power the smart city of teams, drivers, fans and guests. As was the case also in Buenos Aires the system includes an intelligent energy circuit, this time made up of 55 ‘plug and play’ smart meters that are quick and easy to assemble and dismantle, a storage capacity of of 12kWh, a 5kWp photovoltaic plant and four rapid charging stations. All of this is controlled and managed by Enel Energy Management System (EMS), the wireless software system that enables teams to check in real time using tablets or smartphones on energy levels, recharging, consumption and facilities in the eVillage.

The Enel smart microgrid will also be supplying and managing the energy needs of the first edition of the FIA Smart City Forum, the initiative launched in recent weeks at the Geneva Motor Show by the International Automobile Federation in collaboration with our company and the other Formula E partners, due to be replicated in another three venues of the competition (Berlin, Montreal and Paris). The objective is to raise awareness about the themes of sustainable mobility and intelligent cities in order to identify the best solutions to meet the challenges caused by rapid urbanization and the impact of the megacities on the environment, resources and ecosystems.

The Forum will take place on Friday 31 March in the eVillage, following a welcome address by the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, and the CEO of FIA Formula E, Alejandro Agag, and will include contributions from experts from national and local institutions, research bodies, associations and businesses. Sharing the experience and solutions developed by our Group in sustainable mobility and smart city services will be Paolo Romanacci, Head of Enel Renewable Energies Central America. During the Forum, prizes will be awarded to innovative projects for urban sustainability: the Fia Smart City Forum will include the Fia Smart City Awards, a prize that will be awarded to two cities that have submitted the best projects for sustainable mobility, and the Fia Smart Cities Initiative, a competition to identify and support start-ups with innovative ideas and smart city projects and projects for sustainable mobility.

Enel has sent a number of digital influencers, experts on green issues and sustainability from diverse countries (Mexico, Brazil, Italy), to both the Forum and the race in Mexico City in order to provide a significant contribution to the themes and innovative solutions developed together with Formula E.