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Tune in: See Envision Racing formally crowned FIA champions on December 8!

The FIA – motorsport’s governing body – will formally recognise Envision Racing as Formula E’s Season 9 world champions at a star-studded event in Baku on December 8.

The end-0f-season Prize Giving ceremony is the traditional opportunity for the FIA to recognise winning drivers and teams in all its world championship disciplines, bringing together athletes from all of the FIA’s categories, celebrating their achievements over the last 12 months, and ‘officially’ crowning the various champions.

The Prize Giving ceremony is scheduled to start at 20:00 CET – and will be streamed live on the FIA’s YouTube channel.

Managing Director and CTO, Sylvain Filippi, is expected to attend the event on behalf of the team; with drivers Jake Dennis, Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans also expected to be recognised for their respective individual achievements across 2023.

Envision Racing are the reigning Formula E world champions, having clinched the Teams’ Championship for the first time in its history in Season 9.

Victory in the final race of the season in London helped clinch the title for the Silverstone-based team – adding to a record-breaking year that saw the team win four races, clinch a further five podiums, notch three pole positions and finish with a team record total of 304 points.

Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns will drive for the team as it looks to defend its title across Season 10.

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Road to COP28: Formula E champions Envision Racing announced as only sports team to showcase power of sport in the Blue Zone

FIA Formula E World Champions Envision Racing has announced it will be the only sports team to exhibit and highlight the power of sport to world leaders within the UNFCCC’s ‘Blue Zone’ at COP 28.  

The Blue Zone continues to be a UNFCCC-managed site, only open to party delegations, Heads of State and admitted observers. It is the key location for world leaders to congregate and where all formal negations take place. It also hosts a series of panel discussions, speaking sessions and cultural events.

The team will be exhibiting its Recover E car, the world’s first full-sized, driveable Formula E car, made entirely of electronic waste, as well as showcasing the sport of Formula E more widely and its power to influence climate change.  

Taking place in Dubai from 30th November – 12th December, Envision Racing aims to spotlight to world leaders the power of sport to influence climate change, including annual electronic waste production, which is on track to reach 75 million tonnes by 2030.

Items thrown away include disposable vapes, mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players, plug and batteries. The Recover E car is made entirely of electronic waste donated by young people and charity partners. The team’s global campaign is aiming to increase awareness of the human impact of e-waste and the need to reuse and recycle old electrical products. This groundbreaking demonstration underscores the transformative influence of recycling millions of Lithium batteries embedded in devices, effectively curbing the demand for resource-intensive mining while emboldening a circular economy vision.

Envision Racing exists to inspire generations to tackle climate change and support the transition to e-mobility and renewable energy. On and off the track, the team focus on accelerating change that benefits people and planet.

A founding signatory to the UNFCCC’s Sports for Action Climate Action, and with an existing relationship with COP, Envision Racing launched its Race Against Climate Change fan platform in Glasgow in 2021. The platform inspires and enables fans to make personal commitments to reduce their carbon impact, from reducing waste and sourcing food locally to switching to renewable energy and recycling e-waste.

To date nearly 250,000 individual fan pledges have been made with over 50,000 since the Recover E car was launched in July.

Envision Racing’s exhibit will also stage a Formula E racing simulator to highlight the excitement of electric racing and showcase the power of sport. The battery technology being developed by Formula E has the potential to hugely accelerate the transition to all forms of e-mobility, helping to bring insights from the track onto the road.

In addition, the team will be showcasing the power of sport through its exhibition and participation in multiple events during COP28. This includes the UNFCCC’s Sport for Climate Action events, as well as events held by Accelerate to Zero and the UK Government within the UK Pavilion.

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at Envision Racing said: “The future is electric. Formula E is a revolutionary sport which has seen phenomenal growth globally in the last nine seasons and we’re proud to be showcasing the sport and our recent campaign around e-waste at COP28. Through innovation, high performance and an active fanbase we are demonstrating what is possible as a leading sports team with a purpose.”

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Business Engagement Lead at UN Climate Change said: “Sport has the power to influence and inspire behaviour change, uniting fans, and the public around a common goal. Envision Racing is leading the way in using its platform to engage and mobilise audiences in climate action and environmental issues. We look forward to seeing the team’s exhibition in the Blue Zone which includes their pioneering race car made from discarded tech to highlight global e-waste proliferation. We also welcome their participation on UNFCCC Sport for Climate Action panel to further discuss how sport can play a role in increasing change on the climate crisis.”

Franz Jung, Chairman of the Board at Envision Racing said: “COP is the world’s largest and most important annual climate conference to showcase the future of green mobility technology. The presence of Envision Racing at COP demonstrates the global influence of Envision as the world-leading green technology company in driving the future net zero transition.”

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Season 10: Italy change & Portland double-header complete biggest calendar ever

Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will be the biggest ever, with a 17-race calendar officially confirmed for 2024.

On Wednesday afternoon Formula E formally announced the finalised calendar for the latest edition world championship, which gets underway in Mexico City in January 2024.

The most notable change sees Misano confirmed as the host of the Italian legs of this season’s championship, with a double-header set to take place at the storied Emilia-Romagna race track on April 13-14.

With the Portland E-Prix also being upgraded to a double-header following the resounding success of its 2023 debut – won by Envision Racing – the overall calendar now also counts 17 races for the first time in its history.

“Formula E delivers street racing better than anyone, and our final Season 10 calendar presents the ultimate challenge for teams and drivers in the second year of the GEN3 race car with the perfect blend of iconic street circuits and established tracks,” said Formula E’s CEO, Jeff Dodds.

“Misano will be a great new experience for everyone, while the additional race in Portland signifies our ongoing commitment to the US market alongside the potential for growth in the region.”

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Season 10 Calendar  

Event 

Round(s)  Location 

Date(s) 

1 

1  Mexico City, Mexico 

13 Jan. 2024 

2 

2 &3  Diriyah, Saudi Arabia 

26 & 27 Jan. 2024 

3 

4  Hyderabad, India 

10 Feb. 2024 

4 

5  São Paulo, Brazil 

16 Mar. 2024 

5 

6  Tokyo, Japan 

30 Mar. 2024 

6 

7 & 8  Misano, Italy 

13 & 14 Apr. 2024 

7 

9  Monaco, Principality of Monaco 

27 Apr. 2024 

8 

10 & 11  Berlin, Germany 

11 & 12 May 2024 

9 

12 & 13  Shanghai, China 

25 & 26 May 2024 

10 

14 & 15  Portland, United States 

29 & 30 Jun. 2024 

11  16 & 17  London, United Kingdom 

20 & 21 Jul. 2024 

The Misano track is located close to the Rimini beach resort in the historic Emilia-Romagna region on the northern Adriatic coast. It is a popular venue in the MotoGP World Championship and the home circuit of legendary rider Valentino Rossi.

Formula E was already set to make history next year as the first motorsport world championship to race in Tokyo, on roads around the Tokyo Big Sight convention centre on the Tokyo Bay waterfront.

Formula E will also race for the first time in Shanghai at the Shanghai International Circuit with a double-header of races on Saturday, 25 May and Sunday, 26 May 2024.

The first-ever Formula E race was held in Beijing on 13 September 2014.

With further races returning to India (Hyderabad, Round 4) and the aforementioned United States, Formula E will be the only motorsport world championship to race in the three most-populous countries on earth in 2024.

Familiar venues Monaco, Berlin, Mexico and Sao Paulo are all on the calendar once more– while London will yet again host the season finale.

Envision Racing are the reigning Formula E world champions, having clinched the Teams’ Championship for the first time in its history in Season 9.

Victory in the final race of the season in London helped clinch the title for the Silverstone-based team – adding to a record-breaking year that saw the team win four races, clinch a further five podiums, notch three pole positions and finish with a team record total of 304 points.

Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns will drive for the team as it looks to defend its title across Season 10.

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Envision Racing win Campaign of the Year for Recover E initiative

Envision Racing have been awarded the prestigious Campaign of the Year prize at the 2023 BASIS Sustainable Sport Awards for their ground-breaking Recover E initiative.

The award was announced at the 2023 BASIS (British Association for Sustainability in Sport) Awards in London on Tuesday afternoon, as part of a ceremony at the All-England Lawn & Tennis Club in Wimbledon.

 

The team came up with the Recover E campaign to raise awareness about electronic waste (‘e-waste’) – identified by the UN World Health Organisation as the “next growing threat to the environment” – in a way that also underlined the importance of recycling appropriately and encouraged all to re-think the ways they can contribute towards a more sustainable, circular economy.

The Formula E world champions partnered with artist Liam ‘Lazerian’ Hopkins to build the world’s first fully electric and drivable formula race car constructed entirely from e-waste.

The visionary endeavour not only sparks excitement on the track but also shines a spotlight on the staggering global issue of e-waste. The one-of-a-kind car was officially launched live on flagship BBC programme ‘The One Show’.

The environmentally conscious race car is a testament to innovation, seamlessly integrating donated electronic relics donated by school children and young people. Tens of thousands of iPhones, chargers, laptops, cables, game consoles, batteries, and even single-use vapes dance harmoniously to form the very sinews of this remarkable machine, in a bid to raise awareness about the dire need for recycling and repurposing our digital relics.

Alongside the functioning racing car, which was unveiled to worldwide media at the London E-Prix in July, the team also ran a competition for youngsters aged 8-21 to design their own model car made out of their disused electronics. The competition was run in partnership with Cartoon Network, with winners from the United Kingdom, Mexico and the Philippines eventually identified.

The team also launched a special e-waste pledge on its website – bringing the total number of pledges in the ‘Sustainable Chain’ initiative up to 12. To date, 49,242 having already made a commitment to reduce their e-waste.

Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing solid waste stream in the world, increasing three times faster than the world’s population. Less than a quarter of e-waste produced globally in 2019 was known to be formally recycled; however, e-waste streams contain valuable and finite resources that can be reused if they are recycled appropriately

The Recover E initiative gained global press attention from outlets including the BBC, New Scientist, Wired, Dezeen, ITV and many more, earning over 100 items of media coverage with a combined reach (broadcast and print) of almost 1.7 billion.

On social media, clips of the car – which was officially unveiled by UN Goodwill Ambassador and actor Aidan Gallagher – were viewed over seven million times, with almost 700,000 engagements from fans across channels.

The BASIS programme aims to educate, engage and empower sport in the UK to become a world-leader in sustainability. The organisation actively seeks to partner with organisations that can contribute to this goal.

Members include Arsenal FC, England Rugby and the All-England Lawn Tennis Association, among many more.

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Pre-season Testing: Race sim triumph caps off positive running in Valencia

Robin Frijns settled seamlessly back into life as an Envision Racing driver as the reigning ABB FIA Formula E teams’ world champions began preparations for Season 10 in positive fashion in Valencia this week. 

The Dutch driver, making his return to the Silverstone-based team after a year away, capped off an impressive week’s running at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo – one that saw him consistently sit at the top of the timesheets – with a victory in Friday’s hour-long ‘race sim’.

In a full simulation of race conditions, featuring pitstops, safety car introductions and occasional full-course yellows, Frijns overtook Porsche’s Antonio Felix da Costa late on to take the chequered flag first.

Frijns also finished fourth on the timesheets in both Thursday and Friday’s timed session, as the Formula E paddock rebounded after an incident earlier in the week had briefly delayed running.

“It’s been a pretty good week for us,” Frijns said. “It’s been a hectic one as well, at the beginning, but we’ve now finished a good two days of testing.

“We did the race sim at the beginning of Friday and we won that – it does not mean anything really but it’s still a good feeling and good to travel to Mexico [for the opening race of the season] with this ‘victory’. It gives us a good feeling.

“At the end the pace [of the car] was not bad either, we were always in the top five overall. We are working well within the team so we have high hopes for next season.”

Sebastien Buemi also enjoyed a positive week in southern Spain, with the experienced Swiss driver seeing a promising late lap on Friday evening, one that looked set to send him towards the very top of the time sheets, thwarted by traffic.

Nevertheless it was a productive week for the former world champion: Buemi set the fourth fastest lap time across all sessions while he was the busiest driver over the course of the week, completing 276 laps in total (the equivalent of 931.776 km, per e-formula.news).

In total the Green Machine completed 474 laps on the track, with the majority of the running coming on Friday.

In the end all 21 runners on that final day of testing – Mahindra having been forced to run only one car due to issues beyond their control earlier in the week – were split by just 0.7 seconds, while a little over half a second separated the top 19 runners.

Times across the grid were also broadly half-a-second faster than at the same point last season, following the introduction of the Gen3 car.

The paddock will next convene for the start of the 2024 championship, which is scheduled to get underway in Mexico on January 13.

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Updated calendar sees China race added for Season 10

The updated calendar for Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has officially been released, with races in China, India and the United States of America all taking place.

Following the big news in August’s provisional calendar announcement of a first-ever race in Tokyo, Japan, the headline news this time around is the return of the sport to China – host of the first-ever E-Prix back in 2014.

 

Shanghai will now host Rounds 12 & 13 of the 2023-24 season in May next year.

With races returning to India (Hyderabad, Round 4) and the USA (Portland, Round 14), Formula E will be the only motorsport world championship to race in the three most-populous countries on earth next year.

Familiar venues Monaco, Berlin, Mexico and Sao Paulo are all on the calendar once more– while London will yet again host the season finale around the ExCeL Centre in July.

The competition’s usual stop in Jakarta, Indonesia is not currently on the calendar for Season 10 due to political elections due to take place in the country in June next year – although Formula E and authorities in the capital “are exploring the feasibility of racing in the city on an alternative date”.

Another outstanding change still to be made to the calendar concerns Rounds 7&8 in Italy, where alternative venues to usual host Rome are being evaluated, after the Season 9 races around the Eternal City saw the faster and more powerful Gen3 cars push the limits of the street setup.

Formula E say an update on the venue for the races in Italy should arrive before the end of the year.

 

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

Updated Season 10 Calendar

Event

Round(s) Location Date(s)
1 1 Mexico City, Mexico

13 Jan. 2024

2

2 &3 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

26 & 27 Jan. 2024

3

4 Hyderabad, India

10 Feb. 2024

4

5 São Paulo, Brazil

16 Mar. 2024

5

6 Tokyo, Japan

30 Mar. 2024

6

7 & 8 Italy, TBD 13 & 14 Apr. 2024
7 9 Monaco, Principality of Monaco

27 Apr. 2024

8

10 & 11 Berlin, Germany

11 & 12 May 2024

9

12 & 13 Shanghai, China

25 & 26 May 2024

10 14 Portland, United States

29 Jun. 2024

11 15 & 16 London, United Kingdom

20 & 21 July 2024

 

Envision Racing are the reigning Formula E world champions, having clinched the Teams’ Championship for the first time in its history in Season 9.

Victory in the final race of the season in London helped clinch the title for the Silverstone-based team – adding to a record-breaking year that saw the team win four races, clinch a further five podiums, notch three pole positions and finish with a team record total of 304 points.

Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns will drive for the team as it looks to defend its title across Season 10.

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Blog: Why we must all pledge to reduce our e-waste 

By Envision Racing 

Nearly half a billion small, electrical items – including vapes, USB sticks, LED lights and cables – ended up in UK landfill in the last year, according to new research from our friends at Material Focus. The pro-electrical-recycling organisation discovered that these throwaway items are now the UK’s fastest growing source of discarded electrical items, otherwise known as ‘e-waste’. 

E-waste is becoming an increasingly urgent environmental issue. Humanity is drowning in cables, computers and mobile phones. This year, each person on the planet will produce 8kg of waste tech, according to the United Nations.

Altogether, this adds up to 61.3 million tonnes – more than the weight of the Great Wall of China.  

And it’s not just a problem on waste sites. It’s also in our homes. The average British household has up to five charging cables, three mobile phones and three remote controls. This cannot go on. On this planet, there is only a finite amount of the metals and materials used in electronic devices. We can’t expect to keep extracting, using and discarding them endlessly.

The reality is that even the cheap and small items that we view as disposable still contain precious materials that should be recycled – like copper, lithium and stainless steel.  

The 14th of October is International E-Waste Day, which aims to highlight the growing issue of electronic waste and promote its responsible management. A global lack of public awareness is preventing countries from developing circular economies. Even in Europe, which leads the world in e-waste recycling, only 54% of used electrical items are collected and recycled.  

That’s why Envision Racing launched the global Waste to Race campaign in April – designed to make people aware of the mounting e-waste problem and their critical role in stemming it. Our team might exist to inspire people to take up electric mobility, but we also know that vehicle electrification must go hand-in-hand with a zero-waste approach to the planet’s precious resources.  

Our campaign had two parts: a competition for children and young people to build mini racing cars from e-waste and, in an extraordinary world first, the launch of a full-sized and drivable Formula E race car made from discarded tech.

For the former, we partnered with Cartoon Network, while we launched the racing car, designed by British artist Liam Hopkins, at the ExCeL event centre in London, on the 28th of July, the eve of our world championship win. 

Now’s the time! Everyone must start viewing used tech as a vital resource.

This International E-waste Day, we’re calling on everyone to pledge to reduce and recycle their e-waste by signing up to our Race Against Climate Change initiative 

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Make a pledge on International E-Waste Day!

October 14 is International E-Waste Day – an opportunity to raise awareness about what the World Health Organisation calls “the next growing threat to the environment.

International E-waste Day aims to highlight the growing issue of electronic waste and promote responsible e-waste management, with this year a particular effort being made to remind people of the fact that anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled.

According to the United Nations, 8 kg of e-waste per person will be produced worldwide in 2023. This means 61.3 million tonnes of electronic waste discarded within a year – more than the weight of the Great Wall of China, or every commercial airliner ever built.

Less than 20 per cent of this waste, containing a mixture of harmful substances and precious materials, will be recorded as being properly collected, treated and recycled globally. The rest will either end up hoarded in homes, dumped in landfill, burned or illegally traded.

If all small old electricals that are currently hoarded in people’s homes or thrown away in general household rubbish each year were recycled, 2.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be saved, the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road.

Estimates suggest on average each household in the UK could make £620 from the re-sale of their hoarded and unused electrical items.

In July this year Envision Racing unveiled its Recover E car, a full-size replica of the team’s Gen3 racing car that won the 2022-23 Formula E World Championship made entirely out of discarded e-waste.

From vapes to laptops, mobile phones to games consoles, artist Liam ‘Lazerian’ Hopkins created the functioning car which gained worldwide media attention when it was unveiled at the London E-Prix in July.

The popular YouTube channel ‘Fully Charged’ recently published an in-depth feature on the Recover E car, which can be watched below.

Envision Racing’s pioneering Race Against Climate Change™ programme aims to inspire and empower fans and the wider public to take climate action.

Through Formula E’s platform, Envision Racing exists to make electric mobility and renewable energy a global reality.

Head on over to our climate calculator to learn more about e-waste – and join over 200,000 people in making a pledge to change your habits and reduce your carbon footprint!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A PLEDGE!

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Envision Racing’s Recover E car features on legendary BBC show Blue Peter

Envision Racing’s ground-breaking Recover E car was the star of the show on the world-renowned BBC show Blue Peter last week.

On Friday 6th October, Blue Peter host Abby Cook presented a special segment on Formula E and e-waste, with Envision’s Recover E project the focal point of the episode.

Abby joined Recover E designer and creator Liam Hopkins (known as ‘Lazerian’) at his studio to witness the completion of the car’s design, receiving help from Liam’s son Art as the final pieces were applied to the car.

Then, at the London E-Prix at the ExCeL Centre, Abby spoke to Envision Racing duo Alice Powell and Michelle Creighton about their experiences in the sport, as a driver and mechanic respectively.

The show was first broadcast on CBBC, with an additional showing on national channel BBC2 the following morning at 08:25am.

Fans can catch up on the episode on BBC iPlayer. They can also watch the segment here.

Envision Racing partnered with British artist and designer Hopkins to design and build the car entirely of donated electronic products by the UK tech business, Music Magpie and school children.

Through this campaign, the team wanted to increase awareness of the human impact of e-waste and the need to reuse and recycle old electrical products – all in a manner that would inspire children and young adults to think differently about the subject.

Hopkins said at the time: “Unfortunately today we choose to discard and replace electronics instead of repairing and recycling them leading to a global e-waste crisis. Through design and creativity, we want to show the issue of e-waste and its potential to accelerate the creation of a circular economy.”

The car was unveiled at London’s ExCeL Centre, on the eve of the London E-Prix – the final race of the 2022/23 Formula E season. It received international press and media attention, including features from the BBC, ITV, New Scientist and more.

In addition to being the all-time leading points scorer in Formula E, Envision Racing also has a leadership position for sustainability.

Alongside the car, Envision Racing launched the Recover E Waste to Race competition, to further engage young people and fans from all around the world. Children and young people were invited to create their own e-waste car, made out of recycled electronic materials.

Winners in three categories included 10 year olds Edie Griffin, Chidubem Ngene, Liam Mount, Nora Popoola and Olivia Ho from Abbott Community Primary School in Manchester, Monteor Popocatl Angelica Mirian, 14 years old from Mexico, and Hera May, 17 years old from the Philippines.

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Envision Racing’s Recover E car to feature on BBC Blue Peter

Envision Racing’s ground-breaking Recover E car will be the star of the show on the world-renowned BBC show Blue Peter this week.

On Friday 6th October, Blue Peter presenter Abby Cook will present a special show on Formula E and e-waste, with Envision’s Recover E project the focal point of the episode.

Abby joined Recover E designer and creator Liam Hopkins (known as ‘Lazerian’) at his studio to witness the completion of the car’s design, receiving help from Liam’s son Art as the final pieces were applied to the car.

Then, at the London E-Prix at the ExCeL Centre, Abby spoke to Envision Racing duo Alice Powell and Michelle Creighton about their experiences in the sport, as a driver and mechanic respectively.

The show will be broadcast on CBBC at 5pm on Friday, with an additional showing on national channel BBC2 the following morning at 08:25am.

Envision Racing partnered with British artist and designer Hopkins to design and build the car entirely of donated electronic products by the UK tech business, Music Magpie and school children. Through this campaign, the team wantrf to increase awareness of the human impact of e-waste and the need to reuse and recycle old electrical products.

Hopkins said at the time: “Unfortunately today we choose to discard and replace electronics instead of repairing and recycling them leading to a global e-waste crisis. Through design and creativity, we want to show the issue of e-waste and its potential to accelerate the creation of a circular economy.”

The car was unveiled at London’s ExCeL Centre, on the eve of the London E-Prix – the final race of the 2022/23 Formula E season. It received international press and media attention, including features from the BBC, ITV, New Scientist and more.

In addition to being the all-time leading points scorer in Formula E, Envision Racing also has a leadership position for sustainability.

Alongside the car, Envision Racing launched the Recover E Waste to Race competition, to engage young people and fans around the world. Children and young people were invited to create their own e-waste car, made out of recycled electronic materials.

Winners in three categories included 10 year olds Edie Griffin, Chidubem Ngene, Liam Mount, Nora Popoola and Olivia Ho from Abbott Community Primary School in Manchester, Monteor Popocatl Angelica Mirian, 14 years old from Mexico, and Hera May, 17 years old from the Philippines.