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This Formula E car is quite literally *rubbish*

Envision Racing team highlights growing electronic waste crisis

Published: 28 Jul 2023

British Formula E team Envision Racing has unveiled a rubbish car. Seriously. There’s a hearty chunk of e-waste creating this non-competing Gen3 car.

Artist Liam Hopkins, aka @Lazerian, commandeered disused iPhones, chargers, batteries and single-use vapes to build the so-called 'Recover E Car'. It’s a replica of a Gen3 Formula E car, and unbelievably it’s entirely driveable.

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It looks pretty funky with its motley medley of colour. Envision Racing drivers Sebastien Buemi and Alice Powell appeared on BBC One’s The One Show to reveal the hunk of waste. The idea is to highlight the impending crisis of discarded electronics and e-waste and the need to recycle.

According to Uswitch, the UK generates 36,681 tonnes of e-waste – a 15 per cent increase on 2020 numbers. That makes us one of highest contributors to e-waste in the world, second only to Norway.

It’s hard to believe the all-electric Formula E series has been running for a decade now – guess time flies when you’re campaigning for a change.

The extent the Formula E series – taking place in cities around the world – has moved the dial on the profile of electric vehicles is hard to quantify. However, in the last 10 years, numbers of EVs on UK roads has grown from 3,586 to 1.32 million.

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The final round of the 2023 season takes place from 28-30 July at the ExCel Centre in London, and we're told the Recover E Car will be exhibited in the Fan Village.

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