|Miami ePrix race. Photo by Mike Matthews.|
"I loved talking to EV owners and ePrix race fans," said Debbie Matthews Sierra Club Florida Chairwoman. "You got the feeling that you were at the start of something really special. Hearing owners talk about their EVs almost made you feel like they were proud to be part of a movement; they are part of a clean energy solution."
|Fans marvel at electric cars. Photo by Mike Matthews|
Before the race, fans could learn more about electric vehicles in the nearby eVillage. BMW electric cars and Florida Power and Light solar phone charging and miniature car racing stations were just some of the cool displays. Area high schools got in on the action, by building and racing their own electric cars.
Also on display: the Venturi VBB-3, the world’s most powerful electric vehicle, a 12-meter-long rocket packing 3,000 hp that aims to break the 600-kph barrier (372 mph) this year.
|Venturi VBB-3, the world's fastest electric car|
Photo by Mike Matthews.
Tesla, Leaf and Volt owners flocked to the race, as well as many others who hope to soon upgrade to an electric vehicle.
"It's really captured the imagination of quite a few people who are excited about what the future of electronic technology in road cars is going to be like,” ePrix spokesperson Luca Colajanni told National Geographic.
|Photo by Mike Matthews.|
French driver Nicolas Prost, oldest son of four-time Formula One World Drivers' champion Alain Prost, won the Miami race, narrowly beating American driver Scott Speed.
Long Beach, CA, will host the final race on April 4.
Click here for a short Fox Sports video recap of the race.
Thinking about buying an electric car? Check out the Sierra Club's EV Guide and more about our Go Electric campaign.
Here's a video of the entire race:
-- Jon Ullman, Sierra Club Senior Organizer, Electric Vehicle campaign