Formula E donates clean charging infrastructure in Paris

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Following the recent Paris ePrix, Formula E has announced it is donating a zero-emissions glycerine generator to boost charging infrastructure and leave a lasting legacy to the French captial.

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.

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