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By the Numbers: The EPA’s Proposed New Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants

June 2, 2014 in Climate Change, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Politics, Pollution

Dan Utech Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Photo courtesy of White House

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Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
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By Dan Utech, White House

Today, as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the EPA proposed new carbon pollution standards for power plants. These standards represent a commonsense proposal that will have huge benefits for all Americans. In fact, for every dollar of investment spurred by this proposal, there is roughly seven dollars’ worth of health benefits in return.

Here are some numbers that help explain today’s announcement:

Nearly 40 is the number of percentage points of total carbon pollution that comes from power plants. The President’s Climate Action Plan has focused on modernizing our buildings, factories, cars, and trucks but altogether, they make up a little over half of all the carbon pollution. It makes sense, then, that our next logical step would be to modernize the power sector, putting in place the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants.

More than 300 is the number of groups EPA engaged with across the country including 11 public listening sessions that hosted more than 3,000 people in order to develop its proposal. And the outreach continues. After the proposed rule is published, there will be a 120-day public comment period to make sure the final standards reflect all the best ideas and input from everyone includes states, utilities, labor, health advocates, environmental groups and industry.

30 is the number of percentage points of total carbon pollution that will be cut from our power sector by 2030 relative to 2005 levels. That is like erasing the annual carbon pollution from two-thirds of all cars and trucks in America. And if you add up what we will avoid between 2020 and 2030 under the proposal, it’s more than the carbon pollution from every power plant in America in 2012 times two.

50 is the number of ways the EPA proposal can be implemented; this proposal puts tools in the hands of each state and its governor there’s no one-size-fits-all approach here. And let’s remember that the idea of setting higher standards to cut carbon pollution isn’t new. 47 states have utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs, 38 have renewable portfolio standards or goals, and 10 have market-based greenhouse gas emissions programs.

48 to 84 billion is the number of dollars of net benefits that the proposal will generate in 2030. A big share of those net benefits come from lives saved and quality of life improved, asthma attacks avoided and fewer days of missed school or work. Specific 2030 benefits include up to:

  • 150,000 fewer asthma attacks
  • 3,700 less cases of bronchitis in children
  • 180,000 fewer days of school missed
  • 310,000 fewer lost work days
  • 6,600 less premature deaths
  • 3,300 fewer heart attacks
  • 1,700 avoided hospital emergency room visits

Tens of thousands are the number of jobs that EPA and others estimate will be created by the proposed standards including machinists to manufacture energy-efficient appliances, construction workers to build efficient homes and buildings or weatherize existing ones, service providers to do energy audits and install efficient technologies, and engineers and programmers to design and improve building energy management systems.

8 is the number of percentage points by which families and businesses will be able to cut their electricity bill under the EPA proposal in 2030. Taking advantage of energy efficiency, states can implement the EPA’s proposal in a way that drives billions of investment into retrofits like upgrades to windows and heating and cooling systems; deployment of better appliances through programs like accelerated buy-back; and improved energy management including through smart metering. Steps like this will cut energy waste and cut electricity bills.

More than 80 is the number of countries representing over 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions who pledged in 2009 to take climate actions through 2020 under the Copenhagen Accord. As countries prepare long-range carbon reduction goals for a global climate deal expected in 2015, they are looking to the United States for leadership and an example to follow. The President’s Climate Action Plan ensures that America will be a leader in those negotiations and in the global fight against climate change.

44 is the number of years that EPA’s legal authority to reduce air pollution has been around. The Clean Air Act, enacted by Congress in 1970, established mechanisms for controlling emissions of air pollutants from stationary sources including power plants. In the year 2010 alone, updates to the Act are estimated to have prevented more than 160,000 premature deaths, 130,000 heart attacks, 86,000 hospital admissions, 13 million lost workdays, and 3.2 million lost school days due to respiratory illness and other diseases caused or exacerbated by air pollution.

Finally, zero that’s the number of times special interests have been right about having to choose between the health of our people and the health of our economy.

Learn more:

  • See how the standards will make our communities healthier
  • Find out more about the President’s plan to fight climate change

Dan Utech is the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.

This article is a repost, credit: White House Blog. Video courtesy of White House Blog (5-31-14).

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A successful first fight for Solar Impulse 2

June 2, 2014 in Electric Plane, Electric Vehicles, EV News

Photo courtesy of Solar Impulse (copyright Solar Impulse).

Photo courtesy of Solar Impulse (copyright Solar Impulse).

Payerne (Switzerland), 2 June 2014: Solar Impulse 2, the solar aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, today carried out its first flight out of the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland.

The revolutionary single-seater aircraft, with which Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are attempting to carry out the first solar-powered flight around the world in 2015, has successfully completed its maiden flight this morning in Payerne (watch the video here). For 2 hours and 17 minutes, professional test pilot Marcus Scherdel was able to trial the aircraft’s performance in the skies. The initial results are in line with calculations and simulations. There will be several other flights taking place in the coming months in order for this experimental machine to attain certification.

This inaugural flight is an important stage – a step closer towards the round-the-world flight. It is also a huge emotional step for the entire team and all our partners who have worked on the aircraft. Si2 incorporates a vast amount of new technology to render it more efficient, reliable and in particular better adapted to long haul flights. It is the first aircraft which will have almost unlimited endurance,” highlighted André Borschberg, Solar Impulse Co-founder, CEO and pilot.

Throughout such an innovative project, each stage is a leap into the unknown. Today suspense was at a high! The results show that our team of engineers can be very proud of the work it has accomplished during the last 10 years,” added Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Founder, President and pilot.

Flight report :
Pilot:                                    Markus Scherdel
Take-off time:                       2 June 2014 5h36min CET
Landing time:                        2 June 2014 7h53min CET
Flight duration:                      2h 17 minutes
Highest altitude reached:      1670 mètres (5500 ft)
Average ground speed:         55.6 km/h (30 kt)

About Solar Impulse
Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard (President) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and life force behind Solar Impulse, the first aircraft able to fly day and night without fuel or polluting emissions – the aircraft with which they will attempt the first solar flight around the world in 2015. Support among other by Solvay, Omega, Schindler, ABB, Google, Altran, Bayer MaterialScience, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Swisscom, Solar Impulse is a unique adventure aiming to put emotion back into the heart of scientific exploration. Solar Impulse is also an airborne laboratory making way for innovative technological solutions capable of meeting today’s challenges head on. And it is a vision which drives each one of us to become a pioneer on a day-to-day basis.

This revolutionary single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber has a 72 meter wingspan (larger than that of the Boeing 747-8I) for a weight of just 2,300 Kg, equivalent to that of a car. The 17,000 solar cells built into the wing supply four electric motors (17.5 CV each) with renewable energy. During the day, the solar cells recharge lithium batteries weighing 633 Kg (2077 lbs.) which allow the aircraft to fly at night and therefore to have virtually unlimited autonomy.

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Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning

May 30, 2014 in Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Pollution

Survey reveals cities are planning for climate change, but still searching for links to economic growth.

Infographic courtesy of NOAA

Infographic courtesy of NOAA

By Peter Dizikes, MIT 

An increasing number of cities around the world now include preparations for climate change in their basic urban planning — but only a small portion of them have been able to make such plans part of their economic development priorities, according to a unique global survey of cities released today (5-29-14).

The Urban Climate Change Governance Survey (UCGS), based on responses from 350 cities worldwide, underscores the extent to which city leaders recognize climate change as a major challenge — even as they are trying to figure out how their responses can create jobs, growth, and cost savings in areas ranging from cities’ transportation networks to their distribution of businesses.

“Climate change isn’t an isolated issue,” says Alexander Aylett, a postdoc in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), and the lead author of today’s report. “It has large implications for all other aspects of urban life. What we are seeing is cities starting to build it into the DNA of how they approach urban planning.”

According to the findings, 75 percent of cities worldwide now tackle climate-change issues as a mainstream part of their planning, and 73 percent of cities are attempting both climate mitigation and climate adaptation — that is, they are trying both to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to adapt to long-term changes that are already in motion. But only 21 percent of cities report tangible connections between the response to climate change and achieving other local development goals.

Aylett calls it a “cliché” that environmental and economic progress cannot coexist, citing a number of cities where jobs and growth have derived from climate-change efforts. Portland, Ore., he observes, developed incentives, training, and regulations to help sustainable construction firms grow, while a pilot program called Clean Energy Works Portland employed 400 workers to reduce home energy use, reducing carbon emissions by 1,400 metric tons annually.

Urban planners in Alberta, as Aylett notes, have studied the cost savings associated with limiting metropolitan sprawl and concluded that denser development could save $11 billion in capital costs over the next 60 years, and $130 million in annual maintenance. But most cities, he suggests, have simply not yet identified ways to link climate planning and economic development in the first place.

“It isn’t so much that it’s hard to reconcile economic and environmental priorities,” Aylett says. “It’s that we’re not trying.”

Regional differences remain

The new report is a companion to a survey conducted in 2012. This year’s results revealed continuing regional disparities in urban climate planning. Compared with the global average of 75 percent, U.S. cities lag in planning for both mitigation and adaptation, with just 58 percent of cities addressing both. This echoes the 2012 survey, which revealed that a smaller portion of U.S. cities were doing basic climate-change planning, compared with those in other regions — 59 percent in the U.S., for instance, compared with 95 percent in Latin America.

Globally, 63 percent of cities say they have between one and five employees dedicated to climate-change planning; North American cities are most likely to have just one staff member focused on the topic. As the report’s executive summary notes, “A lack of funding to hire sufficient staff to work on climate change is a significant challenge for 67 percent of cities.”

On a different note, about 85 percent of cities have conducted an inventory of local greenhouse-gas emissions, and 15 percent, as part of that effort, have tried to track the emissions that stem from goods and services consumed within that city. As Aylett points out, “Beginning to address these upstream emissions is crucial if cities are really going to help bring down global emissions.”

The results also reveal that local industries and businesses are relatively disengaged with urban responses to climate change: About 25 percent of cities say that local businesses have been crucial to creating and implementing their climate mitigation plans, whereas 48 percent of cities report that local civil-society groups, such as nonprofits or other organizations, have been involved in climate planning.

The survey is a collaboration between DUSP and ICLEI, the world’s largest association of cities. Today’s report is being released in conjunction with an ICLEI-backed conference on urban planning, being held in Bonn, Germany. To conduct the survey, questionnaires were sent to officials in more than 700 cities worldwide, with 48 percent of them responding to a set of 69 queries.

Other scholars believe the UCGS results are valuable. John Robinson, a professor of geography at the University of British Columbia, calls the survey “extremely important and extremely useful.” In particular, Robinson says, an “important issue raised by this work is what the connection is between framing these responses in terms of climate change and framing them in terms of broader conceptual frameworks, such as sustainability.” Promoting the general idea of sustainable development in urban areas, he adds, may be “most helpful in mainstreaming climate policy.”

This article is a repost (5-29-14), credit: MIT.

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Japan automakers advance electric charging infrastructure with new company, Nippon Charge Service

May 30, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, Honda, LEAF, Nissan, Toyota

Established to help build charging infrastructure for electric-powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs and EVs)

Image courtesy of Nissan

Image courtesy of Nissan

TOKYO, Japan – Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation jointly established a new company, Nippon Charge Service, LLC, on May 26 to promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, EVs). The goal is to help build a charging network that offers more convenience to drivers in Japan.

The new company will promote the installation of chargers, for the good of society and to expand the use of electric-powered vehicles. Related industries are also expected to benefit. Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) will support the joint effort of the four automakers by investing in the new company with its “Fund for Japanese Industrial Competitiveness.” *

Electric-powered vehicles are playing a major role in driving next-generation energy policy. On November 12, 2013, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi jointly announced a plan to financially assist installers of charging stations and began taking applications from prospective charging station installers. Together with Government subsidies the grants will cover the entire cost of installation for successful applicants.

Infographic courtesy of Nissan

Infographic courtesy of Nissan

This program targets charging facilities recognized to have high public value under the next-generation vehicle charging infrastructure plans drawn up by local governments and authorities. Financial assistance will be made available to businesses and operations to establish charging spots in key locations, such as at commercial facilities and lodging facilities, as well as en-route charging spots at highway service and parking areas, and convenience stores and service stations on regular roads. Under the program, a number of commercial facilities, hotels, convenience stores and highways have started installing charging stations. Nippon Charge Service will manage the chargers, and the installers of charging stations will be asked to participate in the charging infrastructure network operated by Nippon Charge Service.

Through the new company, the four automakers will also provide car owners with a universally accepted charging card. The system will be up and running by the end of the year and will enable convenient access to the chargers operated by the new company.

In the current favorable environment of government subsidies for charger installation, the four automakers are actively encouraging the installation of chargers by founding Nippon Charge Service. The companies are aiming for broader acceptance of electric vehicles by building a user-friendly infrastructure that will help society maximize the possibilities of electric vehicles.

Overview of Nippon Charge Service

  • Name of company: Nippon Charge Service, LLC
  • Headquarters: Room No. 2, 6F, Mita Nitto Dai Bldg., 3-11-36 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Founded: May 26, 2014
  • Stakeholders: Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Development Bank of Japan Inc. (TBD)
  • Capitalization: 80 million yen (excluding DBJ’s planned investment amount)
  • Websites: Company overview: (to be available in mid-June) Assistance program:

* DBJ has established the “Fund for Japanese Industrial Competitiveness” to enhance Japan’s competitiveness through the supply of risk money to the nation’s industries. The fund will encourage firms to turn their latent capabilities into new businesses by extending business frontiers and promoting strategic alliances with other firms. DBJ’s support for such activity will foster firms’ corporate growth.

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U.S. Residential Solar PV Installations Exceeded Commercial Installations for the First Time in Q1 2014

May 29, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Solar

BOSTON, MA AND WASHINGTON, D.C. – Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA)Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the non-residential (commercial) market’s 225 megawatts for the first time in the history of the report.

Ongoing strength in the residential sector and volatility in the non-residential market spurred this historic milestone. Despite the dip in non-residential installations, GTM Research and SEIA expect the market to rebound and exceed the residential market in 2014 annual PV installations.

In another significant development, Q1 2014 was the largest quarter ever for concentrating solar power (CSP) due to the completion of the 392 megawatt (AC) Ivanpah project and the Genesis Solar project’s second 125 megawatt (AC) phase. With a total of 857 megawatts expected to be completed by year’s end, 2014 is on pace to be the largest year for CSP in history.

Source: U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q1 2014 Courtesy of SEIA

Source: U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q1 2014
Courtesy of SEIA

“Solar accounted for 74% of all new U.S. electric capacity installed in Q1 2014, further signaling the rapidly increasing role that solar is playing in the energy market,” said Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President at GTM Research. “Expect to see a resurgence in the non-residential market, combined with continued incremental residential growth, throughout the rest of this year.”

Not to be outshone by the success of the residential sector, the utility PV market continued its dominance, growing 171% between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014. With 873 megawatts installed, it accounted for two-thirds of total installations during the quarter. Large-scale projects that were under contracts and negotiations between 2010 and 2012 are now becoming a reality.

Source: U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q1 2014 Courtesy of SEIA

Source: U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q1 2014
Courtesy of SEIA

The United States’ solar market is off to a strong start in 2014. GTM Research and SEIA forecast 6.6 gigawatts of PV will be installed in the U.S. by the end of the year, up 39% over 2013.

“Solar energy is now generating enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to effectively power 3 million American homes, while creating thousands of new jobs nationwide and pumping nearly $15 billion a year into the U.S. economy,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  “Solar is also providing a big boost for our environment. The 14,800 megawatts of solar currently installed in the U.S. can generate enough pollution-free electricity to displace 18 billion pounds of coal or 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline. That’s the equivalent of removing 3.5 million passenger cars off our roads and highways. For states trying to meet new, enhanced air quality standards, solar can be a real game changer.”

Key Findings:

  • The U.S. installed 1,330 megawatts of solar PV in Q1 2014, up 79% over Q1 2013 and the second-largest quarter for solar installations in the history of the market
  • Cumulative operating PV capacity stood at 13,395 megawatts (DC) with 482,000 individual systems online as of the end of Q1 2014.
  • PV growth was driven primarily by the utility solar market, which installed over 800 megawatts in Q1 2014, up from 322 megawatts in Q1 2013
  • Q1 2014 was the first quarter in which residential PV installations exceeded non-residential (commercial) installations nationally
  • More than one third of residential PV installations came online without any state incentive for the first time ever in Q1 2014
  • Q1 2014 saw school, government, and non-profit PV installations add more than 100 megawatts for the second straight quarter
  • 74% of new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in Q1 2014 came from solar
  • GTM Research and SEIA forecast that PV installations will reach 6.6 gigawatts in 2014, up 39 percent over 2013 and nearly double the market size in 2012
  • Cumulative operating CSP capacity was 1,435 megawatts (AC) as of the end of Q1 2014.

About U.S. Solar Market Insight: The U.S. Solar Market Insight report is the most detailed and timely research available on the continuing growth and opportunity in the U.S. The report includes deep analysis of solar markets, technologies and pricing, identifying the key metrics that will help solar decision-makers navigate the market’s current and forecasted trajectory. For more information, visit

About GTM Research: GTM Research, a division of Greentech Media, provides critical and timely market analysis in the form of research reports, data services, advisory services and strategic consulting. GTM Research’s analysis also underpins Greentech Media’s webinars and live events. Our coverage spans the green energy industry including solar power, grid modernization, energy storage, energy efficiency and wind power sectors.

About SEIA®: Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at

This article is a repost (5-28-14), credit: SEIA.

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Just press go: designing a self-driving vehicle (Google)

May 28, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, Environment, EV News, Neighborhood EV

By Chris Urmson, Director, Self-Driving Car Project

A very early version of our prototype vehicle, and an artistic rendering of our vehicle Images courtesy of Google

A very early version of our prototype vehicle, and an artistic rendering of our vehicle
Images courtesy of Google

Ever since we started the Google self-driving car project, we’ve been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving. Just imagine: You can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can’t keep their car keys. And drunk and distracted driving? History.

We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human intervention. They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work. The vehicles will be very basic—we want to learn from them and adapt them as quickly as possible—but they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And that’s an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people.

It was inspiring to start with a blank sheet of paper and ask, “What should be different about this kind of vehicle?” We started with the most important thing: safety. They have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections. And we’ve capped the speed of these first vehicles at 25 mph. On the inside, we’ve designed for learning, not luxury, so we’re light on creature comforts, but we’ll have two seats (with seatbelts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route—and that’s about it.

We’re planning to build about a hundred prototype vehicles, and later this summer, our safety drivers will start testing early versions of these vehicles that have manual controls. If all goes well, we’d like to run a small pilot program here in California in the next couple of years. We’re going to learn a lot from this experience, and if the technology develops as we hope, we’ll work with partners to bring this technology into the world safely.

If you’d like to follow updates about the project and share your thoughts, please join us on our new Google+ page. We’re looking forward to learning more about what passengers want in a vehicle where their number one job is to kick back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

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Official Beijing ePrix launch brings broadcast deal with China’s CCTV

May 27, 2014 in China, Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, FIA Formula E

Photo courtesy of Formula E

Photo courtesy of Formula E

Members of the Chinese Government together with city officials and local dignitaries gathered in Beijing today for a special ceremony to officially welcome the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, and to launch the Beijing ePrix set for September 13 2014.

The prestigious event was attended by more than 200 distinguished guests and was held at the seven star Pangu Hotel – which overlooks the city’s National Aquatics Centre and Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium, both of which provide landmarks for the temporary street circuit that will be used.

As well as Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, the event was attended by YU Zaiqing, Vice-Chairman of IOC, Chairman of the Federation of Automobile Sports of China, Chen Jie, Deputy Director of the Beijing Sports Bureau, Wang Chun, Deputy Governor of the CHAO YANG District, Steve Lu, Team Principal of the China Racing Formula E Team, representatives from Formula E’s global partners and members of the press.

The event also saw Formula E extend its global television outreach by signing an initial free-to-air broadcast agreement with CCTV-5 – the main sports channel in the People’s Republic of China and part of the China Central Television network. The deal will see the station televise all 10 Formula E races in full together with a regular highlights package and live coverage of the Beijing ePrix.

China Central Television is the principal state broadcaster in mainland China with a network of 45 channels – the largest number of television sub-channels in the world – and has a potential reach of 200 million plus people. It joins previously announced broadcasters FOX Sports, covering the US and 88 territories around the world, Japan’s TV Asahi and ITV in the UK.

Formula E is the world’s first ever fully-electric race series using open-wheel cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph. Its 10 teams have already been confirmed and feature some of the leading names in motorsport including a Chinese team led by Steven Lu. A total of 20 drivers will take part, two per team, six of which have already been presented: Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi for Audi Sport Abt, Jaime Alguersuari and Sam Bird for Virgin Racing and recently announced Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna for Mahindra Racing. The new championship is designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans whilst helping to promote the electric vehicle industry and showcase technology.

Guests were also able to view the fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car, transported to the venue by championship logistics partner DHL.

Alejandro Agag said: “It’s a pleasure and an honour to be here in Beijing today and my thanks go to all the city and government authorities for their enthusiastic reception. On June 12 it will be exactly 100 days before Beijing hosts the opening ePrix and the world’s first all-electric Formula race. Today I walked part of the circuit and visited areas where the first infrastructure holes have already been drilled and it’s just an incredible feeling and something that everyone here is excited about. We’re also delighted to have signed the initial broadcast deal with CCTV-5 increasing our global reach and showcasing sustainable mobility to an even wider audience.”

Steven Lu, who also heads the organising team for the Beijing ePrix, added: “I am delighted to be welcoming everyone here today and to be presenting the Formula E car in Beijing for the first ever time. Preparations for the race event on September 13 are going very well and we are fully supported by the Beijing Government, the Ministry of Sports, the Sports Bureau and the ChaoYang District. Their experience gained from many previous major sport events will guarantee the success of the opening round of Formula E and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to Beijing in three months’ time.”    

Pre-registration for tickets for the Beijing ePrix will be available in the coming days priced from 488RMB to 688RMB (55-85 Euros) with more information available via the Chinese version of the Formula E website – – which also contains its own dedicated Chinese social media channels.

For more information on the Beijing ePrix click here.

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