The London ePrix has begun with a blast at Battersea Park, with Mayor of London Boris Johnson taking to the street circuit in a Spark-Renault SRT_01E electric racing car.

The mainstream media have finally awoken to the electric racing series too, with a flurry of excited articles appearing in today’s newspapers. Questions are [finally] being asked as to the potential of electric cars and their significance in the car market as well as the attraction a central London based race circuit brings.

Formula E is the only race series to have managed to be granted permission to race in London, despite Formula One having tried to achieve the same for many years. This is a huge boon for Formula E and its organisers, who now have the enviable choice between which cities are chosen for future circuits of the championship. No less than 50 cities have expressed their interest, yet the championship will be forced to reject most, picking only a few and allowing the sport to grow slowly.

Alongside Boris’ blast in the electric race car, drivers held a 100m sprint after athlete Usain Bolt challenged them, pictures follow.

Don’t forget, AutoVolt has created a handy guide to the teams and drivers who will battle for the championship this weekend. You can download it by clicking here.

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