The Formula E series is being billed as the quietest and greenest high-end racing spectacle in the world, but you don’t have to look too hard to poke holes in this argument. After all, how green can Formula E be if the teams and machines have to be flown from one side of the world to the other on a monthly basis?
Electric Motorsport reports that Formula E and DHL worked together to form a plan of how to ship 200 tons of racing equipment around the world in a responsible manner. That all started with convincing planners to move the whole from one host city to another. Instead of teams and organizers flying back to their home base of Donington Park in the UK after each race, the whole event will move from one race city to the next. This cuts down dramatically on airline emissions from travelling personnel, though there’s still the matter of moving all that equipment between Beijing and Buenos Aries and Berlin, as well as seven other cities.
Each of the Formula E teams has between five and six tons of equipment, including lithium-ion batteries, that needs to be moved between races. The additional support equipment brings the total to more than 200 tons of racing “stuff” that needs to be transported thousands of miles. Thankfully, the Formula E race cars have a modular design that allows the front and rear bits to be detached, and new battery transportation methods developed with respect to UN guidelines have ramifications well beyond the racing world.
DHL has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 30% between 2007 and 2020, so it made sense for Formula E to partner with the German delivery company to keep transportation emissions to a minimum. There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this partnership on how to make motorsports an environmentally responsible endeavor.