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Edison Electric Institute Partners with Formula E

Organisers of the FIA Formula E Championship have announced a joint partnership with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the US-based association that represents all American investor-owned electric utility companies, to work together on the advancement of electrification in the transportation sector.

The announcement was made during the EEI Annual Convention held at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting explores the future of the US electric power industry and the ways in which electricity is generated and delivered. The fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car was also on display at the event, during which Formula E announced its new Global Initiative programme.

The Global Initiative will provide EEI member companies the opportunity to align with the values and goals of Formula E. Electric utility companies will have the unique chance to support the Formula E legacy and education programme. In addition, EEI will leverage The Electric Generation – a campaign to drive excitement in electric vehicles – to support the Formula E mission of educating the public about the benefits and opportunities of electric transportation.

Formula E is the FIA’s global motorsport championship featuring fully electric open-wheel cars racing in 10 of the world’s leading cities. The event kicks off in September in Beijing; other cities include Miami, London and Buenos Aires. The debut of Formula E ushers in an innovative age where a race on the world stage has become the platform to showcase and promote sustainable technology for the environment.

EEI President Tom Kuhn said:

“We are excited about our partnership with Formula E and the chance to help demonstrate to people around the world the tremendous benefits of using electricity as a transportation fuel, even in motorsports. Electric vehicles are efficient, fun to drive, and reduce our impact on the environment. Formula E’s cutting-edge race cars deliver power and high performance that race fans everywhere will really enjoy.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said:

“We are great advocates of EEI and its commitment to promoting the use of electricity in new, exciting and environmentally friendly ways. With 10 races in 10 different cities around the world, Formula E provides a global platform to promote this message across the globe. We are looking forward to working together for years to come to make a real difference in the energy sector and beyond.”

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag (left) with EEI President Tom Kuhn beside the fully electric Formula E race car

Source; FIA Formula E