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From eBike to eBus: Berlin shows off its innovative power at the Formula E eVillage

05/23/2016 Berlin, 05/20/2016: Formula E is making a guest appearance in the capital tomorrow for the second time. Fans can look forward to an exciting race and the eVillage integrated into the Berlin ePrix. Together with partners, eMO is taking this opportunity to present the diverse range of electromobility made in Berlin.

Electromobility is not only making a major contribution to the energy and mobility turnaround, but is also a key economic factor for Berlin. More than 500 players from business, science, and politics are involved in around 100 electromobility projects in the capital city region. Numerous start-ups contribute momentum to the region’s electromobility and drive forward the topic even further. Berlin is also a leader in the number of vehicles and in charging infrastructure. Already today, around 3,200 electric vehicles are on the move in the capital region. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced yesterday that more e-vehicles are on the roads in Berlin than in any other federal state – 1.23 electric vehicles per every 1,000 cars, measured in terms of the amount of vehicles on the roads in Germany as a whole. According to a study from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), compared to more than 900 cities and towns in Germany, the capital city region has the most dense charging infrastructure network per capita. Currently, the public has access to approximately 770 charging points.

"Initiatives like Formula E contribute effectively to the possibility of experiencing electromobility firsthand and making it more visible. In front of a large audience last year, Formula E impressively demonstrated that motorized sports and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. The innovative technologies presented here show that the future of mobility can be shaped with low emissions. For many years now, Berlin has placed particular importance on this topic and is already one of the largest field labs for sustainable mobility. The Berliners can see for themselves on Saturday that electromobility is also a lot of fun," emphasized Gernot Lobenberg, director of the Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO.

For the first time ever, an eVillage will be at the Berlin ePrix racetrack. The eVillage brings together fans and local actors from the field of electromobility. With their mobility concepts, numerous eMO partners and start-ups demonstrate their commitment to the advancement of electromobility in the region Berlin-Brandenburg. The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe BVG, Yoove Mobility GmbH, eMio eScooter Sharing, OSZ Kraftfahrzeugtechnik, KickTrike, PlugSurfing and the e-motion e-bike world are also present. eMO’s "Berlin Electrified" touring exhibition invites fans to experience electromobility as part of everyday life in Berlin, for example, in the public transportation system, car sharing, the delivery of goods from stores as well as waste management. The eVillage is accessible and free to all visitors, even without a race ticket.

Background information:
Berlin is one of the ten venues (including four European ones) worldwide in the 100% electric race series that met on the starting line in 2014 and which electrified around 20,000 spectators at the Tempelhof Field last year. The 2.030 km long city course in the heart of Berlin has eleven curves. It goes around Strausbergerplatz towards Alexanderplatz with pit lanes on Karl-Marx-Allee.