Electricity & Sports
Electric Universe Part III
Halfback passes to center, center passes to forward and goooooooooooooal!
But what if we add some electricity to the mix? Wouldn’t that make the game more exciting? We look at exactly this question to see which types of electric sports are already out there.
Formula-E & Electric Motorsports
Don’t blink, because you might miss the cars racing by on the track. And don’t expect to hear the typical buzzing noise that those Formula One cars make when they pass by. Formula-E gives you the silent treatment.
And don’t be fooled. These cars are cool. And fast. Formula E cars can get to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds—about the same as their non-e counterparts. But F1 cars can reach top speeds of 230 mph; in Formula E the maximum speed is 174 mph. And the second generation of cars will have 250kW of power, will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.8-seconds and go on to a top speed of 280km/h.
Not only do these racing cars use cool new battery technology, but the designs are constantly improving, giving fans more fast with less furious. Formula-E prides itself in being environmentally friendly in terms of tire usage (with only 2x tire changes in the race) and with far less air pollution than what a typical petrol burning motor puts out. To round off their sustainable stance, all races are free from single use plastics for spectators.
Since the cars are so quiet, there’s the possibility to have the races directly in large metropolitan areas, such as Berlin, New York, Paris, Hong Kong and Mexico City. This is truly racing for the people. If you’ve got the need for speed, then check out a race near you.
Electric Mountain Bike Racing
E-racing isn’t just for cars. If it’s got wheels, it can be raced! There are a number of E-bike races throughout the year in different disciplines. Many of these events are in Europe. The World E-Bike Series (WES) promotes top-tier international e-bike racing, including two different races at each WES Round, Cross-Country and Enduro.
But the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which is the worldwide governing body for cycling, seems to be at the head of this realm, as they made a statement that wishes to make it clear that E-mountain bike (electrically-assisted mountain bike) is one of the disciplines under its auspices. More on their races here.
“The only thing that can defeat power, is more power.” – Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
Man vs. Computer? Yeah, that’s cool, but today’s E-sports are all Mensch to Mensch. (Yeah, that’s right, we’re keeping it gender neutral) Players today not only love to play, they love to watch others play. And that comes with a host of new possibilities, such as tournaments, online followers and even betting.
The tournaments are huge! The stakes are high and the professional players are battling out for loads of dough $$ & prestige. Although E-sports have their early roots in the 80s and 90s, things really started taking off a bit after that, when fast internet connections & online gaming allowed for a new type of playing. The very first tournament took place in 1997 and the first leagues started forming soon thereafter. Since then, the world of E-sports has exploded with such platforms as YouTube, Twitch and Facebook Gaming. If you can stream it, you can find it online.
Prizes for the best players are now in the millions of dollars. Hollar! The best tournaments are also viewed by millions.
League of Legends
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game & one of the top E-games. Players pick a character & seek to destroy the opposing team’s Nexus. There are a wide range of characters that you can pick from, making it attractive to a wide audience.
With our recent merger with innogy, E.ON now has its very own E-Sports team! They are called OP Innogy and they play in the League of Legends professional league. Check them out on their website and their Twitter feed.
Electricity in Athletics
In general, electricity has had an enormous impact on all sports. Outdoor lighting made night games possible, while electronic scoring & timing made results more accurate. It’s also made athletic training more efficient and today, we can all go to a gym, where we can all work on out a number of electric devices, such as the treadmill or stepper.
And while the sports that we presented here don’t always make you sweat, they do provide all the same excitement as the world of traditional sports.
We’re sure that electricity will be integrated into sports in even more new and fascinating ways in the future. Go, Team!