After Beijing hosted the world’s first carbon-free, fully electric “Formula E” championship in mid-September, the event earned rave reviews from drivers and fans. “Power-wise, one of the characteristics of an electric engine is that it delivers full torque from 1 RPM, so that acceleration is very impressive,” said one of the drivers who participated in the race. Racing has always been a test bed for technologies that eventually find their way to regular roadways, he added, and the Formula E will “not just accelerate that development, but also people’s interest in electric cars.” “You’re driving while charging,” added China Racing CEO Steven Lu. “You just need some backup batteries. The rest is already [an] electric road.”
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