Formula E plugs in to the UK automotive industry
The opportunity for Formula E to have a dramatic impact in addressing air quality and CO2 emissions in towns and cities was discussed today at a special event in London organised by UKTI, the UK’s trade and investment export team. The forum brought together a range of leaders from across the automotive industry and included a speech from RT Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He encouraged Formula E to transfer world-leading technology from the racetrack to the road and used the example of APC grant funding competition winners GKN as a flagship for UK innovation delivering the win-win of reduced emissions and commercial opportunities. The GKN Hybrid Power system project is used to regenerate braking energy on city buses with a high speed flywheel originally developed for Le Mans Prototypes using KERS technology.
RT Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, Minister of State for Trade and Investment
The panel discussion addressed the question ‘Can Formula E Help Clean Our Cities’ including speakers:
- Moderator: Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief, Autocar
- Steve Sapsford, Ricardo Plc.
- Ian Cluett, Williams Advanced Engineering
- David Martell, Chargemaster Plc.
- Antonio Ciriello, AVL UK
- Anthony Thomson, Qualcomm Europe Inc.
To see the event unfold, watch the video below.