Renewables to power Formula E cars and circuits

Night shot of Formal E racing cars lined up in two columns on start grid.
Diriyah ePrix, Riyadh Street Circuit, Saudi Arabia, FIA Formula E Season: 2023-24 —  Photographer: Adam Pigott

Accelerating demand for sustainable energy tech, the world’s first net-zero motorsport series has signed a major deal for renewable energy to power both cars and circuits, using biofuels, solar and batteries.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has announced a multi-year deal with leading global energy solutions provider Aggreko to supply the latest sustainable technology to its events globally.

This agreement will help the series achieve its emissions reductions target, validated by the Science Based Target initiative, to achieve cuts of 45% across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2030 from a Season 5 (2019) baseline.

Formula E is the world’s first net zero carbon sport inline with the 2020 definitions.

Vegetable oil, sunshine and high-efficiency batteries

As an Official Provider for Formula E, Aggreko will ensure events are powered by renewable energy such as biofuel generators, solar arrays, and the latest battery technology.  

To power select races, Aggreko will be supplying six 300kVA batteries to charge all Formula E cars, as well as varying battery sizes to be used for the overall circuit at race locations.

Showcasing the latest in high-efficiency sustainable technology, each battery is capable of charging four race cars simultaneously, which is the equivalent of powering 84,000 mobile phones.

These are backed up via Stage V Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) powered generators, which emit 90% less CO2 emissions, also reducing nitrogen, sulphates and overall HVO consumption compared with diesel.

Alongside this commitment, selected circuits will also be using solar arrays trackside to assist in powering the batteries, so helping to maximise the environmental benefits.

Temporary event solutions for street tracks

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With the majority of its 16 international races being street tracks and constructed specifically for the event, Aggreko’s temporary solutions are critical to making the series as clean and green as possible.

Aggreko creates tailor-made plans for all worldwide race locations to help power all cars, Formula E’s on-site hospitality, the Allianz Fan Village and fan experiences. It also supports different energy points around the track for such as timing and cameras, ensuring processes are as efficient and sustainable as possible.

Sustainability is what drives the partnership, says David de Behr, Head of Sales, Aggreko Event Services:

“Sustainability is at the heart of all that we do in Aggreko, making it the perfect fit for the series. Aggreko is aiding Formula E’s energy transition journey, supporting its goal to reduce emissions and maintain its position as the world’s most sustainable sport, in line with our passion to deliver temporary clean energy solutions to the events industry.”

Temporary solutions can and must be sustainable, adds Tiziana di Gioia, Chief Revenue Officer, Formula E:

“Aggreko is a trusted supplier and expert in forward thinking and sustainable temporary energy solutions, so we’re thrilled to have it on board as an Official Provider of the championship. It is vital to us in not just having the correct power to deliver our unique events, but done so in the most sustainable methods possible.”

Elite motorsport platform for EV innovation

Founded in Scotland in 1962, Aggreko has grown from a small local business to a global provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy services, employing more than 6,000 people.

Today, the company creates bespoke solutions to provide for all electricity, heating and cooling needs, utilising the latest fuels and innovations in storage technology.

As the world’s first all-electric FIA World Championship and only sport certified net zero carbon since inception, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings e-racing to iconic cities around the globe.

Effectively helping to test-drive the energy transition, this pioneering series provides an elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to accelerate electric vehicle innovation.

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