Lewis Hamilton leads the transition to electric cars

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Published on September 13, 2020 |
par Steve Hanley

September 13, 2020 by Steve Hanley


Lewis Hamilton can go down in history as the greatest racing driver of all time. He has eclipsed every other driver except Michael Schumacher in terms of the number of World Driving Championships won, races won, pole positions obtained, podiums and (probably) the most money ever won by a racing Pilote. By the end of the current season in December, any records to break for Hamilton will likely be in his rearview mirror.

A man with that much money in the bank can afford to own any car in the world, and Hamilton owns several. According to Autoblog, his garages are filled with exotic cars like a Ferrari LaFerrari, a Pagani Zonda, a McLaren P1 and an original Shelby Cobra from the 1960s. But he recounts Autoblog, “I don’t drive any of the cars I own anymore. I only drive my EQC (electric Mercedes). “

Credit: Extreme E

Hamilton is heavily involved in the electric vehicle revolution. It has a team that will compete in the Extreme E off-road racing series for electric cars, which will hold its first events next year. He says he was impressed with the goals and objectives of Extreme E, with each team having at least one female driver. The races will take place in remote and often challenging environments including the Brazilian rainforest, Greenland, Saudi deserts and the mountains of Nepal to highlight global warming. There will be no spectators allowed along the courses but the races will be broadcast on television and on social networks. The cars with all their support staff will be transported around the world on a boat that doubles as a floating paddock.

According to the Extreme E website, the tailor-made vehicle for its events will be the Odyssey 21, a battery-powered electric vehicle with a power of 400 kW (550 hp) and capable of sprinting to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds and to climb 130% of the slopes.

Hamilton says he’s doing his best to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. He is vegan and insists on being transported to and from airports in electric vehicles. He also sold his private jet. “It’s difficult because there are people (who say) like ‘yes, but you drive a Formula 1 car every weekend’.” Formula 1 has made a courageous effort to wrap itself in a cloak of “green” intentions in recent years, with the powertrain for all of its cars a form of hybrid that harvests the electrical energy from braking and heat. engines and runs on biofuel instead. of gasoline.

Yet the series flies ten teams around the world for up to 20 times a year, and each team brings hundreds of tons of machinery, parts, and personnel wherever they go. This is a lot of carbon dioxide that is released in its wake by the jet engines during each season. Nevertheless, it does Something on its carbon footprint while many other racing series do nothing.

The once brash young man who clashed with Fernando Alonso during his rookie season has grown into a mature and thoughtful person at the age of 34. drivers must kneel down before each race to show solidarity with the global race for racial justice. Many of his comrades refused to participate. But he sets a personal example with his actions, an example the rest of us would do well to follow.


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Keywords: electric car racing, electric vehicle racing, ev racing, ev revolution, Extreme E, Lewis Hamilton, racing

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Steve Hanley Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his homes in Florida and Connecticut or wherever the singularity can take him. You can follow him on Twitter, but not on social media platforms run by evil lords like Facebook.



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