ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP 2019-2020. Sims e Vandoorne i primi due della classifica nel Ad Diriyah E-Prix. Santiago E-Prix. Photo e Video Courtesy of ABB Media Relations Formula E Media and Communications.

2020 Diriyah E-prix I
RIYADH STREET CIRCUIT, SAUDI ARABIA – NOVEMBER 22: Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), Mercedes Benz EQ Formula, EQ Silver Arrow 01 leads Nyck de Vries (NLD), Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 01 and Edoardo Mortara (CHE) Venturi, EQ Silver Arrow 01 during the Diriyah E-prix I at Riyadh Street Circuit on November 22, 2019 in Riyadh Street Circuit, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Alastair Staley / LAT Images)

Santiago (Courtesy of Formula E)

Lo sport ha certamente dei limiti ma mi auguro che il mondo della Formula E che arriva Santiago per il 3′ Round del Championship possa quantomeno essere portatore di solidarietà per le diverse testimonianze di violazione dei diritti umani avvenuti recentemente in Cile, perchè la sostenibilità di un paese si misura anche dalla sua libertà. La Formula E dopo aver ottenuto la certificazione di World Championship nella prossima stagione e di evento ISO 20121 continua la sua continua spettacolarità fuori e dentro i circuiti cittadini. Dopo le prime due gare in Arabia Saudita Sims e la Mercedes, al suo esordio, al comando delle rispettive classifiche piloti e costruttori. Nel circuito del Parque O’Higgins il caldo, l’asfalto spesso sporco ed irregolare saranno incognite che i 24 piloti al via dovranno superare per ottenere il massimo in una gara che si annuncia come tutto il campionato elettrico equilibrata ed incerta. (m.g.)

ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP 2019-2020. Le differenze con la modifica della Curva 1 nel circuito del Parque O’Higgins. La nuova Concept Car della Mercedes ispirata al film Avatar con batteria organica al grafene e microfibra vegana. Photo e Video Courtesy of ABB Formula E Media and Communications.




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ABB Formula E heads south for the summer

ABB Formula E returns to Santiago for the third round in the championship’s sixth season

E-mobility and mining projects benefiting from ABB technology

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is returning to the Parque O’Higgins Circuit in Santiago, Chile, for the third round of Season 6.

After a thrilling double-header in Ad Diriyah, which saw Sam Bird and Alexander Sims reach the top step of the podium in rounds one and two respectively, the championship is heading to the southern hemisphere for the summer. The Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Andes on a 2.3km, 11-turn circuit in a 75-hectare recreation space in the center of the city. Following his season-opener success and win at the Chilean track in 2019, Sam Bird is sure to be a strong contender this weekend.

Chile has become a true capital of e-mobility, with ABB a major player in this sector. The country is home to a 1,000km network of fast chargers – the most extensive in South America – including more than 30 ABB chargers. As part of this network, ABB also supplied the continent’s first ultra-fast charger, located in Santiago. The Terra HP is the world’s fastest EV-charger, adding up to 200 kilometers of range to an electric vehicle in just eight minutes.

Santiago further showcases the country’s focus on e-mobility and building a more sustainable future. With nearly 400 electric buses in its public transportation system, the Chilean capital operates the world’s largest e-bus fleet outside of China. ABB is a leading global provider of charging stations for such applications, including automated systems for overnight charging in bus depots and “opportunity” battery replenishment along routes during the day. In February, ABB will inaugurate Chile’s first depot chargers to charge 24 fully electric buses.

It’s not just in the implementation of EVs and charging infrastructure that Chile holds a pivotal role in the global e -mobility revolution. It is also as the world’s second largest producer of lithium, a vital component of lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries such as those that power the ABB Formula E cars. Drawn from the salt flats of the Atacama Desert, around 1,600 km north of Santiago, lithium is in high demand as EV production multiplies. In addition, Chile is the world’s main producer of copper, a high conductivity metal essential to electric vehicles, an activity in which ABB plays a large role.

ABB provides a range of cutting-edge technology for some of the country’s main mining projects such as at Chile’s largest state-run copper mining projects, with the gearless conveyor drive system for the world’s most powerful conveyor belt system for an underground mining project. ABB has also installed the ventilation on-demand system, called ABB AbilityTM Ventilation Optimizer, both considered the largest in the world. By controlling the mine’s ventilation system, the carbon footprint can be reduced, leading to energy savings of up to 50% per year.

In northern Chile, home to the desert with the highest level of solar radiation, ABB is responsible for providing solar inverters to more than 50% of the solar farms. The company’s power equipment is also used extensively throughout Chile, helping to create a resilient energy supply that protects against earthquakes.

“ABB holds an important role in supporting Chile’s industries, linking hydropower, solar or wind installations through its Ability™ digital solutions, automating mining operations and delivering technology,” explained Marcelo Schumacker, Country Managing Director at ABB in Chile. “In addition, the country’s commitment to e-mobility makes it an ideal location for both the championship and ABB to showcase and promote the future of transportation.”

With two offices, one drives service workshop, and the ABB University (technology and local training center), Chile is a key market for ABB in Latin America with around 600 employees. The company has a long-term relationship with the main industries in Chile: pulp and paper, energy and, most of all, mining with domestic and international customers.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship – Calendar

Round City Country Date
1 Diriyah Saudi Arabia November 22, 2019
2 Diriyah Saudi Arabia November 23, 2019
3 Santiago Chile January 18, 2020
4 Mexico City Mexico February 15, 2020
5 Marrakesh Morocco February 29, 2020
6 Sanya China March 21, 2020
7 Rome Italy April 4, 2020
8 Paris France April 18, 2020
9 Seoul South Korea May 3, 2020
10 Jakarta Indonesia June 6, 2020
11 Berlin Germany June 21, 2020
12 New York City USA July 11, 2020
13 London UK July 25, 2020
14 London UK July 26, 2020


Formula E maintains ISO 20121 certification for sustainable events

– Third-party ISO 20121 certification renewed for ABB FIA Formula E Championship as series continues to set gold standard in sport for sustainable events
– Battery recycling programme and partnership with industry experts at Umicore allows lithium-ion cells to be recovered and reused to complete closed loop approach

– Allianz hydration stations, reusable water pouches, ‘recycling rangers’ and sustainable trackside signage helping to reduce waste and single-use plastics

LONDON, UK (January 14, 2019) – The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has retained its position as the only racing series to receive third-party ISO 20121 certification, continuing to set the international standard for sustainable practice in events.
With new ideas and innovations to help educate and inspire our entire ecosystem to recycle, and actively reducing the amount of waste produced on site, Formula E has once again met the strict criteria needed in order to maintain the highest level of certification for sustainable events.
As well as putting on sustainable events, the core purpose and wider mission of Formula E is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and in turn help tackle air pollution in some of the world’s most overcrowded and densely populated cities.
Air pollution presents the single largest environmental risk to human health today and kills more people each year than smoking cigarettes according to the latest data from the World Health Organisation – 8.8 million related deaths, compared to 7 million linked to tobacco.
To speed-up the switch to electric and enable more people to embrace clean energy, Formula E has built a sustainability programme based on three pillars; delivering sustainable events and E-Prix, making a meaningful positive impact in each host city, and using a global platform to promote electric cars and the part they’ll play in addressing air pollution.
The ISO 20121 certification – awarded by accreditation body SGS and confirmed after three separate surveillance audits last season – shows the tireless commitment of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to moving towards a cleaner future, faster.
Working in close collaboration with existing partners and suppliers over the seasons to engage on common sustainability objectives, the electric street racing series has increased the number of initiatives introduced to improve waste management.
These are including but not limited to, Allianz hydration stations, water pouches to cut out single-use plastic bottles and recyclable non-PVC branding.
The branded water pouches – both reusable and recyclable – are handed out free of charge to spectators and staff at each event, with refill stations strategically positioned throughout the paddock, hospitality areas and Allianz E-Village fan zone.
Since Formula E and Allianz started supplying water pouches in Marrakesh in January last year, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has saved the equivalent of over 200,000 single-use 330ml plastic bottles from being disposed of.
Alongside pioneering new projects to reduce the amount of waste produced, Formula E is also paving the way by raising awareness of responsible recycling to better inform event-goers on how to limit environmental impact.
Introduced at the start of last season, ‘recycling rangers’ are located around areas of high footfall and activity, assisting with educating teams, staff and spectators on how to extract the most from mixed recycling methods and waste disposal.
In addition to promoting recycling and different ways of disposing waste, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is working together with suppliers and partners, such as Umicore and CSM Live, to put sustainable solutions in place and into the production pipeline.
Formula E has teamed-up with industry experts at Umicore – one of only a few companies worldwide to offer a complete recycling journey for lithium-ion batteries – to recover and repurpose the cells used in the first-generation cars, with extended end-of-life options being evaluated for the batteries currently raced with.
The series also works side-by-side with global suppliers like CSM Live who’ve developed new sustainable branding and trackside signage, which was introduced from the race in Rome using innovative widely recyclable non-PVC material, preventing over 10-kilometres of waste from reaching landfill at each event.
ISO 20121 is the international standard for sustainability in events and started shortly after the 2012 London Olympics, implementing a management system focussing on three top targets; reducing the individual environmental footprint of events, creating a successful financial model for growth and becoming more socially responsible.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is also joined by other major international sporting events to achieve ISO 20121 certification, including the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 2016 UEFA European Championship in France and Roland Garros French Open in Paris.

To learn more about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, find out where to watch race highlights and buy tickets, visit or download the app on iOS and Android.

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Senior Sustainability Consultant at Formula E
Julia Palle
“The concept of Formula E was created with the primary purpose to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and promote sustainable practice, raising awareness of the benefits to driving electric and how clean mobility can counteract climate change. We deliver events with sustainability at the forefront of our mind and the renewed ISO 20121 certification shows our commitment to this cause and acts as a reminder of what we have achieved and also our ambition to continue to innovate in this area.
“Working together with SGS auditors, environmental experts and our partners, we endeavour to enhance our efforts in trialling new technologies and rolling out sustainably led initiatives in order to further reduce our footprint. We are continually seeking to implement the most innovative solutions available on the market to improve every aspect of our events and hope that this inspires other sports and organisations to embrace a similar approach in future.”
SGS Auditor
Ana Inacio
“Formula E has been embedding sustainability season-on-season – exploring new initiatives, engaging with local communities and suppliers, and applying robust impact assessments. It is taking the lead in sustainable motorsports and setting a new benchmark for the industry.”


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