The 2023 Greenko Hyderabad Formula-E Prix a net zero world championship event advancing green mobility and sustainability is a defining moment for motorsport lovers in India and throughout the world. The maiden Formula E race in India, the first FIA event in the country in a decade, took place on a fresh new street circuit near Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad on Saturday afternoon, putting sustainability on the right course.
As the country joined prominent international cities such as London, Berlin, Diriyah, Mexico City, Rome, etc. Greenko Hyderabad Formula-E Prix makes this Net Zero World Championship event advancing green mobility and sustainability credentials on a global level. Jean-Éric Vergne of DS Penske won the race, seconded by Nick Cassidy of Envision Racing and António Félix Da Costa of Heuer Porsche.
Greenko powered the event entirely with renewable energy, in keeping with Formula E’s net zero carbon policy and RE100 pledge to achieving 100% renewable energy for this world championship.
Teams included Maserati MSG Racing, Tag Heuer Porsche, Neom McLaren, Avalanche Andretti, and Envision Racing, as well as Mahindra and Jaguar TCS from the Tata Group. The race used single-seater, electric Formula E vehicles with batteries charged and fed into the grid by solar plants in Andhra Pradesh.
On the day of the event, Minister for IT, Industries, MA & UD, Telangana’s official account tweeted, “The country’s first Formula E Racing Championship puts Hyderabad on the global map. Motor racing fans watched in awe as electric cars zoomed past them at a speed close to 300 kmph at the #HyderabadEPrix held in the city on Saturday.”
They also mentioned how this event and Greenko’s involvement will help boost the green energy transition module to a new level altogether. This attempt was to deliver and exhibit the top technology in the world to a larger public, just as Formula One has been the benchmark in racing forever.
Automakers claim to find a clear correlation between Formula E success and EV sales. In 2022, EV sales in India increased by a record 210%, surpassing a million vehicles for the very first time.
According to chief executive Jamie Reigle, the pandemic had a massive impact on Formula E. It has been looking for opportunities to scale up faster, adding more races in emerging markets such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, South Africa, the United States, and India to broaden its fan base. Greenko Hyderabad Formula-E Prix as a Net Zero World Championship event is one such step forward.
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The ACE Championship, a new electric racing series, is also intended to launch internationally in 2024, with an emphasis on talent development in neglected regions. It will be divided into two levels: the Challenger Series and the championship. This will serve as a training ground for drivers and engineers looking to move on to other racing series.