Audi Formula E driver and UN ambassador Lucas di Grassi has traveled to New Delhi to uncover the local conditions, talk to people affected by them and learn about some of the projects seeking ways out of the growing threat.
A founding member of Formula E, and the most successful driver of the series, di Grassi has been an official UN ambassador for clean air since the spring of 2018, promoting electric mobility as a key driver for change.
“The trip was an eye-opener for me, because I saw first-hand how serious the immediate effects of air pollution on people can be,” he said. “I may have learned more during these few days than on all of my previous trips around the world. It’s our duty to do something.”
di Grassi met with people living in poverty, who were unable to change anything do to the economic climate in Delhi. He also learned about research projects that investigated the air pollution challenge, using unusual methods to combat it.
“These experiences would not have been possible without Formula E,” said di Grassi. “For me, Formula E is the only series – in this case in collaboration with the United Nations – that focuses public attention on the problems of our times.”
“The electrification of mobility plays a key role in the battle against air pollution. That’s why we drive this development and marketing of these technologies together.”