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Spark-Renault SRT-01E ignites E-car excitement in Vegas

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There has been a lot of buzz lately about e-cars, especially when it comes to the new Formula E Championship featuring 10 races with two-driver teams due to launch in Beijing this coming September.

"The Formula E is the future of the automobile, I think this will change the perception of electric vehicles," exclaimed Paul Jacobs, chief executive of Qualcomm, one of the corporate sponsors, now partnering with automakers to “get more connectivity for vehicle navigation, convenience and other functions, and has a long-term project seeking ways to wirelessly charge electric vehicles, possible through embedded devices in highways.”

Although most people will get their first look at the new E-racers during this months tests in Jerez, Spain, Renault has chosen to debut its Spark-Renault SRT-01E during the current Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The car, which is able to hit speeds above 225 has been featured there in demonstrations by Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi.

"It's a different feeling from anything else," di Grassi told reporters, saying that "you have to be more precise. But it is more efficient."

DiGrassi, 29, was a test driver for Renault from 2008-2009, before moving on to drive for Virgin Racing during the 2010 F1 season. He currently works a test driver for Pirelli Tires.

"Formula E is a championship with a mission," stated Alejandro Agag FIA’s Formula E chief , who hopes the new championship series will encourage more investment in electric vehicles both on and off the track.



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