How the first electric boat championship takes place (and in the midst of a pandemic)

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The UIM E1 World Electric Powerboat Series hopes to bring the electric vehicle revolution to the world’s seas and lakes to help protect the marine environment.

“Earth’s oceans, lakes and rivers are under enormous environmental pressure due to fossil fuel spills and plastic pollution,” says co-founder Alejandro Agag.

This new clean form of boat racing “will pave the way for electrifying water mobility for future generations,” he added.

Where will the electric boat races take place?

Extreme E organizes a series of off-road electric car races and uses sports to raise awareness of global climate issues.

Championship events takes place in locations that are threatened by global warming. The E1 series of boats will run in direct association with Extreme E and will include races in many locations in the same category.

The futuristic-looking boats of the series were created by designer Sophi Horne, who was inspired by the Speeder Bikes of the Star Wars Stormtroopers. RaceBird boats will be able to reach 111 km / h and are being developed by a UK start-up.

Each location will include, on the shores of the city, charging stations, which will be located for the race and then “given” to the local owners of electric boats, so they can use them in the future.

Former Italian aerospace engineer and motorsport director at McLaren, Rodi Basso, was also involved in Agag’s project. The two came up with the idea during quarantine while in London.

“The sea is very important to me as an expression of nature and somewhere I always go to recharge my batteries, so this project is the perfect way to celebrate this,” he says.

The start of such a championship could accelerate the takeover of electrical technology in the maritime industry, bringing great technological advances and expertise from motor to water racing.


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