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De Blasio Administration Welcomes Formula E to New York with Arrival of Fully-Electric Race Cars

Jul 12 2017

New York City ePrix taking place at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook on July 15 & 16

NEW YORK, NY—The De Blasio administration today welcomed Formula E - the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series - to Brooklyn ahead of the first-ever New York City ePrix on July 15 & 16. City officials and Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag kicked off race weekend activity with the unveiling of fully-electric Formula E cars delivered to the bespoke track at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

The Formula E cars can reach speeds of up to 140 mph in just under three seconds, powered by state-of-the-art battery and motor technology - producing zero-emissions. The Brooklyn Circuit is nearing completion before the cars take to the track for the first time on Friday.

The New York City ePrix double-header will be the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel race to take place within the five boroughs of New York City in modern history.

The 1.947km (1.21mile) track features 10 turns and will wind its way around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The course will be entirely off-street, ensuring safety and minimizing disruption for the surrounding community.

The NYC ePrix will provide a unique opportunity to highlight sustainable technology, which is a key component of the Mayor’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York City by 80 percent by 2050 and ensure that New York has the best air quality of any large U.S. city by 2030.

“We are about to see some of the greenest, most advanced and fastest cars on the plant race through the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, in the heart of one of New York City’s most iconic industrial neighborhoods,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. “It’s a showcase of innovation, technology, sustainability – and die-hard competition. What could be more New York?”

"At NYCEDC, we use every opportunity to bring investment to neighborhoods. Partnering with Formula E to host the inaugural New York City ePrix is a unique way to bring visitors from around the world here to Red Hook," said NYCEDC President James Patchett. "We’re looking forward to a fantastic race weekend!"

“We are pleased to welcome Formula E fans and teams from around the world to New York City for the inaugural New York City ePrix,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook is the perfect backdrop to host this world-class event with its breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan. The venue also provides an ideal opportunity for both visitors and locals to experience the excellent dining, shopping, cultural and entertainment options that are in the surrounding neighborhood.”

“It’s fantastic to be standing here today alongside some of the key decision-makers in New York - welcoming Formula E and the electric revolution to Brooklyn. This race has been a long time in the making, but to be finally approaching our first race in New York… it’s history in the making," said Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E. "It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of city officials, Brooklyn authorities, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the NYCEDC - I’d like to thank them for their continual support for what I’m sure will be an amazing spectacle for years to come.”

"Brooklyn is 'revved up' to host thousands of fans at the inaugural NYC ePrix. This race promises to blend the heart-pounding exhilaration of open-wheel competition with the forward-thinking innovation of electric vehicle technology, something that is truly exciting as our borough continues to be a standard bearer in advancing clean, sustainable energy," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

"New York City’s first Formula E auto racing event has the potential to inspire students about sustainable technologies and to benefit local businesses. If managed with care, Formula E could serve as a model for other large events at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal," said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. "I will measure Formula E’s success by how well the race organizers and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) respect the Brooklyn community where the races will take place. I welcome the 1,000 free passes provided for residents to enter the eVillage Fan Zone and for efforts to include local vendors in the event production. Crowd control, pedestrian safety and restoration of the blocked Imlay Street bike path are among community concerns I will be monitoring during and after the event."

“I look forward to welcoming the Formula E race to Brooklyn," said Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz. "Formula E will be the first open-wheel race in New York City in modern history. As cars race towards victory in Red Hook, participants will view the beautiful New York City skyline in the distance. This is great for Brooklyn and for the sport,"

“Red Hook and Brooklyn are proud to host the first ‘Formula E’ race here in the Big Apple,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). “I’m particularly pleased that this project highlights how an environmentally sustainable approach can also be exciting, while creating jobs and fueling economic activity in the local community. As the saying goes, ‘start your engines!’”

“Formula E is putting Brooklyn on the fast track to becoming a global destination for sports entertainment and we couldn’t be more pleased to witness its inaugural New York City run in Red Hook,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “We look forward to the electricity the racing series brings to Brooklyn’s thriving waterfront, not to mention the opportunity it provides for the many vendors and makers in the area.”

"New York City will host its first FIA Formula E open-wheel electric car race right here at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The use of these fully-electric vehicles is an exhilarating way to showcase sustainable and alternative energy solutions," said Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon. "Community members can pick up free tickets to the race, provided by NYCEDC and Formula E, and see the world's top-notch electric racing drivers take on the Brooklyn track. It’s sure to be a lively event for the whole family and a great chance to visit Red Hook businesses."

The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including New York, Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, Berlin and Montreal. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, and serves as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Formula E provided complimentary passes for community members to access the Allianz eVillage fan zone, an entertainment area for fans of all ages to watch the race and features driver autograph sessions, race simulators, and live music. Limited tickets are still available for pick-up at the following locations:

The Red Hook Library
7 Wolcott St. at Dwight St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am–7pm, Saturday 10am–4pm, Closed Sundays
Point of Contact: Sandra Sutton

Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am–5pm, Closed Weekends
Point of Contact: Vivian Gordon

Portside NewYork (Aboard the Mary A. Whalen)
Docked at Atlantic Basin within the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Hours: 10am-6pm

In addition to providing free tickets to community members, Formula E has worked to provide additional community benefits, including:

  • Investing millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • Hosting a job fair to provide hiring opportunities for Brooklyn residents
  • Highlighting local small businesses and hotels
  • Working with local schools to help engage students around engineering, technology, and automotive trades

For more information, visit the Formula E website.

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.