Berlin, innovation making history

Published on Friday, 25 May 2018

“It is very satisfying to transmit the knowledge we have developed from Formula E to younger generations, because they understand the transition towards e-mobility with a greater ease and sense of enjoyment. This is a natural evolution for them and already part of a daily life where sustainability and innovation are concrete goals and not value reference points”

– Chris Regan, Formula E Project Manager, Enel

Tempelhof, a symbol of innovation

The disused airport of Tempelhof, which was hosting the Berlin E-Prix for the third time, is considered an international symbol of innovation and sustainability. Designed in the 1930s Rationalist style by the architect Ernst Sagebiel, it was the setting for some of history’s earliest and most important flight demonstrations. After the suspension of air traffic in 2008, the original structure was threatened with destruction to make way for construction projects but today, thanks to participative democracy initiatives, it is an event space and recreational area. Most of the 12-square km surface area is now green, offering ample space to frame the speed of the electric single seaters, which can reach speeds of 225 kmh.

“Thanks to Enel, we had a firsthand experience of the Berlin E-Prix. It was a unique opportunity to see the electric vehicles, which represent the future of mobility, up close and to reflect on an important page in the history of innovation”

– Michele Ferranti, winner of Enel’s The Circuit competition

The electric single seaters return for the next challenge on 10 June at the Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix. The circuit in the Swiss city is 2.6 km long and it will host the third last of the 12 rounds in the 2017/18 Formula E Championship.