Formula E - the electric street racing series - arrives in the French capital for the Qatar Airways Paris ePrix ahead of round six of the FIA Formula E Championship on Saturday, May 20.
Following the second edition of the event around the architectural complex of Les Invalides, a short distance from the headquarters of the FIA, Formula E is donating a zero-emissions glycerine generator to boost charging infrastructure and leave a lasting legacy to the city of Paris.
The Formula E concept was initiated by FIA President Jean Todt as a means to demonstrate the potential and drive the development of sustainable technologies, become a platform to increase global uptake of electric vehicles and contribute to the fight against climate change and inner-city air pollution.
By welcoming the FIA Formula E Championship to the streets of Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo aims to increase public awareness of sustainable methods of transportation and promote car manufacturers’ continued investment in electric mobility and alternative energy solutions.
This is in line with the vision of Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E, who wants to make the switch to electric cars make sense for consumers - more efficient and more affordable.
Formula E and event organisers have decided to donate a zero-emissions glycerine generator to Paris after the chequered flag falls on Saturday.
The generators are based on standard production diesel engines that have been adapted with Aquafuel’s patented technology to run on glycerine. The fuel itself is a by-product of the bio-diesel production process, and it’s so clean you can drink it.
The unit can be used as a fixed generator to provide electricity and heating to existing buildings - or as a mobile generator to provide power at events, or to power electric vehicle charging stations.
The generator will be entirely automated and can be synchronised to the French grid to feedback any energy production surplus. It will be tailor-made for the needs of Paris, and will be delivered in August 2017.
Anne Hidalgo would like to express her thanks to the FIA Formula E Championship for this generous donation, and reinforce the push that Paris is making in the transition to clean energy and the fight against climate change.