Formula E, the Mexican revolution

Published on Thursday, 13 April 2017

“Cities will provide the best opportunities to improve people’s lives: the future of humanity will depend on how we are able to manage them. I am sure that the best solutions will definitely come from technology”

– Alejandro Agag, CEO Formula E

Experimenting with ever improving technology within a tough testing ground has already brought solid results concerning the racing car batteries: until now Formula E drivers have had to change vehicle half way through the race when the energy reserves run out, however, from the next championship new rechargeable batteries will enable the completion of the race using the same car. Formula E does not intend to limit its scope to testing new technology, raising awareness and offering an enjoyable day out, however. The Formula E Championship also aims to encourage debate and generate ideas for a sustainable future with a cycle of forums about intelligent cities (launched in Mexico City with successive events planned for Berlin and Montreal) and a programme to boost startups, which during the forum will present original projects developed to improve the quality of urban mobility and, consequently, air quality and the lives of the inhabitants of the world’s great cities. At each event the project winner will receive a grant of 100 thousand dollars.

At the forum in Mexico City participants discussed the problems of urban mobility in the Mexican capital and suggested possible solutions. Speakers included Paolo Romanacci, Manager of Renewable Energy Central America at Enel, one of the main sponsors of the FE Championship as well the main distributor of renewable energy in Mexico. The day before the forum Enel began the construction of the Villanueva plant that is set to become the largest photovoltaic plant in the entire continent with 754 mW and the second largest in the world.

At the forum Romanacci also presented the V2G technology developed by Enel to cut vehicle emissions and at the same time stabilize the electricity network by reducing the demand for energy.

“This technology is one of the many ideas that will lead us towards the utopia of perfect smart cities. Each year, this goal becomes less far-fetched and increasingly real thanks also to the extraordinary technological laboratory that Formula E represents for us”

– Paolo Romanacci, Manager of Renewables Central America at Enel