Historic Berlin hosting Formula E race

The city of Berlin is crammed full of history from the remains of the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate (pictured) – and it’s about to be the backdrop for […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The city of Berlin is crammed full of history from the remains of the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate (pictured) – and it’s about to be the backdrop for a glimpse into our green future.

Germany’s capital will host the Formula E Championships it was announced today, making it the third in Europe and tenth city in the world to hold it.

The electric car series begins next year and ten teams with two drivers each will take part in the races. They last roughly one hour using Formula cars which can hit speeds of more than 220kph with zero emissions.

They will race on a custom-made circuit built within the ‘Apron’ section of the former Tempelhof Airport. Race organisers say they picked Berlin because it is already leading the way on green transport.

Alejandro Agag, chief executive of the Championships said: “With more than 1,200 electric vehicles and over 220 public charging points already in circulation, Berlin is leading the way in Europe for innovation and sustainable mobility, which is why we selected it as a host city for Formula E. We’re now very much looking forward to putting on a great show for the people of Berlin at Tempelhof and one the city can be proud of.”

Other host cities for the race’s first ever season which will run as a ‘winter calendar’ from September 2014 to  June 2015 include London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Putrajaya and Bangkok.