EV Cup Set to Showcase Green Motorsports

A cup race exclusively for electric vehicles? That’s the word from the U.S. Department of Energy, which recently noted that the United States will be taking hosting one of the seven circuit races slated for the world’s first EV Cup, set to launch this summer.

The race will consist of three classes: (1) City EV, open to city-focused, production vehicles in use today (featuring the THINK City car, a sponsor), (2) Sports EV, reserved for race drivers of all abilities experienced in open cockpit race competitions (featuring Westfield Sportscars iRacer, a sponsor), and (3) Prototype EV,  a time-trial format open to non-production electric vehicles, with no weight or size restrictions, to set competitive lap-times on challenging circuits.

iRacer

image via EV Cup

Four of the races in the series are scheduled for the UK, followed by one in Spain, one in Portugal, and one in the US (location to be announced).

Each race day will include qualifying rounds, with all car batteries recharged at on-site facilities, while sprint races will be contested over 20 to 30 minutes of competitive laps. The EV Cup will be presented in partnership with CAA Sports, a leading international entertainment and sports agency.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.