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2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
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New York City ePrix is First International Motor Race in Big Apple

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 17 July 2017
Cabs and Ubers weren’t the only things speeding through the streets of New York City this past weekend. FIA Formula E, the world’s first fully electric single-seater racing series begun in 2014, held its inaugural New York ePrix from July 15-16 at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The event, won by Sam Bird, was the first international motor race held in the Big Apple. Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, called the event “a real turning point for Formula E.”

“It shows how far the championship has come,” he said. “New York is basically the capital of the world.”

2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E

The NYC ePrix was also the series’ first-ever zero-emission event after Formula E joined forces with Enel to offset the race’s emissions. Equipment for the race, including 40 electric cars, batteries and spare parts, was delivered via ocean freight by DHL, which produces 100 times less carbon dioxide emissions than transporting the same cargo via air.

“With the continued support of Enel, as well as DHL, Formula E isn’t just making history with the first-ever race in New York, but the first zero-emission event in the history of the series,” Agag said in a release before the event. “Both Enel and DHL share the same common vision and goal to make Formula E carbon neutral by 2020 — the future is electric.”

2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E
2017 New York City ePrix | © Formula E