The streets of Santiago were flooded with the summer sun. With the start of February, you could feel the harsh dry heat. In spite of the high temperatures, the city was paralyzed: downtown Santiago was full of signs giving notice of the traffic detours in the city’s center. Safety fences surrounded the Formula E circuit, amidst the high-pitched noise of electric motors and the cheering of an audience who responded to any movement on the track.
Santiago hosted one of the most revolutionary international races of recent times: the Formula E, an event where the adrenaline and the vertigo of Formula 1 races is added to technological advances that allow these cars to move at high speeds without emitting pollutants. As in other countries where this competition takes place, Enel in its role as "Power Partner", is one of the main protagonists of the Formula E, managing the efficiency of the electric systems that are used in the race, a characteristic that makes this sporting event one of the most sustainable in the world.
Starting at 8:00 a.m. and throughout the day, fans and motor sports enthusiasts came to experience the revolution of electric mobility, which is no longer a futuristic dream, but a reality in full development. The E-Village, located in Parque Forestal, was the host for the various organizations, who supported bringing this race to Chile, to take advantage of the excellent showcase offered by the event, which reached 200 million spectators worldwide.
It was a day full of emotions: the complex track put the racing drivers’ skills and the engineering of the competing teams to test. The audience cheered with every turn, and in the end, the winner was Jean-Eric Vergne from the Techeetah team, who celebrated with the classic explosion of champagne and confetti accompanied by the applause of thousands of fans who cheered the undisputed skills of the race car champion.
Thus, Chilean people experienced an exciting event, perhaps unimaginable for past generations but presently a reality: electric mobility took to the streets to symbolize its contribution to building a more modern, sustainable, and environmentally friendly society.