Nissan’s Formula E Launch Tour Is A Wrap, Features Margot Robbie

APR 17 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Robbie is excited about EV tech in her most challenging role yet.

Nissan has completed its Formula E launch tour ahead of its debut in the electric race series at the end of 2018.

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Film star and Nissan ambassador Margot Robbie joined proceedings in Los Angeles and spoke about her experiences driving an electric car around Hollywood, as well as her pride in serving as an ambassador for Nissan’s electric vehicles.

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Quoting Robbie:

“I’ve already seen many of Nissan’s initiatives, designed to bring cleaner air to roads and fairer access to power across the globe. And now, we have this – a fantastic new Formula E car.  “I’m excited to see how it will help Nissan develop its EV offering further and bring new and exciting technologies to communities across the world.”

Nissan’s entry into the electric street racing series coincides with the launch of the new generation of Formula E car, which was first revealed at the Geneva motor show back in March. It features a striking new aero package and a new generation of battery and powertrain setup.

Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of Nissan Motor, stated:

“Nissan is proud to be a leader when it comes to ingenuity and innovation in EV technology, with more than 300,000 Nissan Leaf vehicles sold worldwide. So taking on the challenge of Formula E is a natural extension, and we’ve been proud to have Margot Robbie helping us take that message to a global audience. Our Nissan engineers look forward to racing in Formula E as they develop our future EV technologies. And to be able to race in major city centres around the world makes it a perfect platform to showcase Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

The fifth season of the electric championship, taking place between 2018 and 2019, will likely kick off in December in Doha, capital of Qatar, but the calendar for the series isn’t set to be published until June as organisers continue negotiate venues for races.

Season five will see Renault swapped out for Nissan, as well as BMW joining the fray. A number of manufacturers have committed to the fashionable series, with Porsche and Mercedes stepping onboard the year after.

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Press blast:

Academy Award-nominated actress Margot Robbie headlines Nissan Formula E launch tour event

Exclusive L.A. viewing of Formula E car celebrates the future of electric motorsports, technology transfer and the electrification of cities

LOS ANGELES – Nissan completed its Formula E launch tour in Los Angeles today with an event led by Margot Robbie, the company’s electric vehicle and sustainability ambassador, heralding an exciting era for Nissan as it enters the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

First revealed at the Geneva Motor Show to high acclaim, followed by its U.S. debut at the New York Auto Show, the Nissan Formula E car was shown to an array of VIP guests in L.A.

Robbie spoke at the event about her experience driving an electric vehicle in the city, and about her pride in serving as an ambassador for Nissan’s electric vehicles.

“I’ve already seen many of Nissan’s initiatives, designed to bring cleaner air to roads and fairer access to power across the globe. And now, we have this – a fantastic new Formula E car,” said Robbie. “I’m excited to see how it will help Nissan develop its EV offering further and bring new and exciting technologies to communities across the world.”

Nissan’s entry into the electric street racing series coincides with the launch of the new generation Formula E car, featuring striking new aerodynamics and a whole new battery and powertrain package. The Nissan Global Design team in Japan designed the livery.

Nissan is the first Japanese automotive brand to enter Formula E. The entry is the latest expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.

“Nissan is proud to be a leader when it comes to ingenuity and innovation in EV technology, with more than 300,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold worldwide. So taking on the challenge of Formula E is a natural extension, and we’ve been proud to have Margot Robbie helping us take that message to a global audience,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Our Nissan engineers look forward to racing in Formula E as they develop our future EV technologies. And to be able to race in major city centers around the world makes it a perfect platform to showcase Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsport director, concurs.

“Entering the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gives Nissan a key development platform for our EV technologies,” said Carcamo. “Using the same streets that our LEAF customers also commute on as race tracks has real benefits for customers – we’ll be able to take on real road conditions with our race cars – and we can share what we’ve learned as we tune our latest electric vehicles.”

In October, Robbie announced three new Nissan sustainability pilot projects that aim to harness the skills and ingenuity of Nissan’s global workforce to improve energy access and disaster relief. One is to build a microgrid system to provide power for local communities in developing countries that don’t have sustainable access to energy; another seeks to partner with organizations in vulnerable areas to find ways that Nissan and its technologies can help during natural disasters.

Season five of the Formula E series is expected to begin in December 2018 and will visit major cities around the world including New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Zurich and Hong Kong.

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Are there cars in those photos? I don’t see any.

I don’t see the point, the the Leaf is so far from any definition of performance. Why bother…

And saving the environment is the entire point of EVs anyway.

Great News. Since the LEAF is the greatest car ever made, this will do a lot for Nissan to develop other models, since the LEAF is after all an environmental family economy car. I will be glad when Nissan is making 6 EV models and a 120kWh pick up truck to tow our camper.

Actually I will be happy when all manufacturers are making 6 different EV models. The sooner we can stop burning fossil fuels the better. We burn more fossil fuels now than if we burned every single living thing on earth every year. Burn every single living thing on earth and it would only bump up CO2 by 1ppm.

Dudamus said: “We burn more fossil fuels now than if we burned every single living thing on earth every year. Burn every single living thing on earth and it would only bump up CO2 by 1ppm.”

Statements like this is why most people think environmentalists are whack jobs. Congrats on that.

On the plus side, Margot freakin Robbie!

Before the Revolutionary war Daniel Boone pioneered a path over the Appalachian Mountains. He didn’t have an EV. He reported that on the other side it was “firewood for as far as you can see.” Thousands poured through the pass with muskets and axes in hand. We clear cut the Shenandoah National park twice for firewood before the Revolutionary war. Count the trees you see in revolutionary war paintings or civil war photos? we burn ten thousand times that now in fossil fuels. The trees all grew back. WE WILL NEVER PUT BACK FOSSIL FUELS.

The sooner we can all drive EVs the better. My family of three saves $600 a month driving inexpensive used EVs. Those tax credits are passed on to the used car consumers like me.

“WE WILL NEVER PUT BACK FOSSIL FUELS”

True; they put themselves back. There is no end in sight for oil reserves.

Most of the earth is pretty inhospitable — deserts, glaciers, polar regions, grasslands, tundra, and oceans of course. Only 7 percent of the earth is covered with forest. If you converted all the forest and creatures within it to coal it would only be an inch thick. Spread it over the entire planet and thats less than a tenth of an inch of coal. Now burn it and dilute it with 1.2 million inches of atmosphere overhead, thats right all that empty space where airliners fly. It would only raise CO2 by less than 1ppm. We burn so much fossil fuels we raise CO2 by 2ppm every year. Thats insanity folks.

The sooner we all drive EVs and get power from renewable sources the better.

I wish I could see an EV race at the Honda Indy Car event this weekend in the Ham.

Racing EVs defeats the entire point of EVs: saving the planet. Doing away with ICE autos should also necessarily mean and end to auto racing.

>Racing EVs defeats the entire point of EVs: saving the planet. Doing away with ICE autos should also necessarily mean and end to auto racing.

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