NYC electric vehicle and racing enthusiasts are in for a treat next summer. Yesterday, the de Blasio administration, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, Federation Internationale de l'Automobile President Jean Todt, and Brooklyn community leaders announced that New York City's inaugural ePrix electric vehicle race will be coming to Red Hook's Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in July 2017. In addition to bringing the excitement of EV racing to NYC, the event will also help to create jobs for local workers, boost traffic for area businesses and give NYC students hands-on experience in engineering and automotive technology.
“Electric vehicles are not technologies for tomorrow, but are ready today. Hosting the ePrix helps demonstrate New York City’s commitment to climate action,” said Daniel Zarrilli, Senior Director for Climate Policy and Programs and Chief Resilience Officer for the Mayor’s Office. “Investing in our own fleet and creating smart pathways for the private sector to transition to electric vehicles is an essential part of achieving the ambitious goal the City has set of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. ePrix will help drive new excitement for these goals.”
The 2017 NYC ePrix will be one of a series of races in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series taking place in New York, Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, and Montreal. The event will also help to boost awareness and interest in sustainable technology, one of the main focuses of Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC Plan for moving the city into an innovation economy for the 21st century.
Preliminary plans revealed at yesterday’s press conference show a 1.947km (1.21mile) off-street track with 13 turns.
“New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce all connect,” said Mayor de Blasio. “There’s no better home for the ePrix. Bringing this international event to the five boroughs is a huge win for New York City. It will bring thousands of visitors, boost Brooklyn tourism and spur investment in our neighborhoods.”