The world’s first electric Powerboat championship was launched at the Monaco Yacht Club on Friday. The new championship which will race on the world’s oceans and lakes is the brainchild of Extreme E CEO and Formula E founder Alejandro Agag who commented saying:
I am delighted that we are today able to announce this unique step forward in marine-based sport. “We believe this series will engage not only the sporting public, and boating and tech enthusiasts around the world, but also ocean conservationists who care about the future of our planet.
“The earth’s oceans, lakes and rivers are under huge environmental pressure and the E1 World Electric Powerboat Series will lead the way in electrifying water mobility for future generations.
“Right now the use of electric power on the water is still at an embryonic stage. “My ambition is for the E1 Series to accelerate the adoption of electric boats, to demonstrate how exciting they can be and to promote electric solutions and clean water mobility to marine travel worldwide.”
Rodi Basso who has held managerial positions with McLaren, Red Bull Racing and NASA Aerospace will serve and Chief Executive Officer and speaking about the new project Basso said:
The sea for me is something very important as an expression of nature and somewhere I always go to re-charge my batteries, so this project is the perfect way to celebrate that,” said Basso who is also a passionate sailor.
“During 20 years of competition in motor racing I have always dreamt of using motorsport to demonstrate and gain visibility around a technology and then build solutions with it in other fields.
“With this championship we are going to accelerate the take-up of electric technology in the marine industry by bringing the huge technological advances and expertise from motor racing. We are going to produce a thrilling and exciting sporting spectacle that will appeal to millions of fans worldwide,”
SailGP have been put in charge of developing the boats that will be used in the competition that will consist of 12 teams and speaking about the new series, SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said:
This is an incredibly exciting partnership that allows us to continue accelerating change toward a cleaner future “We are powered by nature, and SailGP and E1 share a similar sense of purpose to be leading examples of sustainable technology
UIM the Powerboat sanctioning body licenced the new series and their President Dr Raffaele Chiulli commented saying:
As the IOC-recognised world governing body for all powerboating activities, we at UIM are excited to have this opportunity to support and foster the preservation of the marine environment and to establish and implement good practices towards a more sustainable future.
“The UIM is delighted to support scientific research and its dissemination, as this will support awareness-raising activities on the many environmental and climate specific challenges that the world faces today.
“The launch of this initiative signals the UIM’s ability to lead by example, and to take action to preserve a healthy marine environment, which is vital for the future of our planet. We are proud to partner with Alejandro Agag, Rodi Basso and E1, and I am confident that this initiative, alongside Extreme E, will accelerate sustainable mobility at global level.