The first Formula E championship visited London two weekends ago, with back-to-back races in Battersea Park drawing the electricity-powered championship’s inaugural season to a close.
Formula E has taken the world by storm, and the London ePrix was the UK’s first ever 100% electric car race. Better still, the safety and medical cars, and all the TV screens at the race, were powered all weekend by a set of 26 solar panels.
The two races in Battersea Park were won by Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Brit Sam Bird, but after ten gruelling months of racing across the globe, the Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr was crowned the drivers’ champion in his NEXTEV TCR Spark-Renault.
Sam Bird, who was born just five miles from Battersea Park, finished 5th in the championship having also won the second race of the season in Putrajaya, Malaysia, last November.
The championship saw the latest electric vehicle technologies on show in cities in nine countries, starting in Beijing in China in September, via Berlin, Moscow and Monaco before landing in the UK.
Now, unfortunately the Spark-Renault electric racing cars aren’t available for driving on the roads of Southend, but don’t let that stop you if you’re thinking about going electric. There are a host of electric vehicles on the market, including the Volkswagen e-Golf, the Renault ZOE and the Kia Soul. And there are five electric vehicle charging points in the local area: in Seaways car park, Warrior Square car park, on London Road near College Way, on Hamlet Court Road near Burdett Avenue and at the Belfairs Park Woodland Centre.
It’s absolutely free to charge, all you need to do is join Source East to be sent a membership card, swipe this at a charging point and recharge.
For more information on using electric cars, check out our ways to travel around Southend-on-Sea page.