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.”
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.”