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Jakarta readies for green Formula E race amid air pollution woes

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 29, 2019   /  08:29 am
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Eco-friendly racers: Venturi Formula E drivers Felipe Massa (front) and Edoardo Mortara (back) pose during the presentation of the Venturi electric Formula E car for the 2018-2019 season in Monaco on Nov. 30, 2018. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)

Hosting the prestigious Formula E race, which is for electric cars only, may be fitting for Jakarta, the capital city of Southeast Asia’s largest economy that is plagued by a poor level of air quality. Jakarta’s air pollution has recently been in the spotlight for its severe level that studies find to be among the worst in the world. The pollution has also prompted a group of residents to file a lawsuit against the government to push for better measures to tackle the silent killer. The secretary-general of the Indonesia Motorsports Association (IMI), Jeffrey JP, said Indonesia, particularly Jakarta, had been considered as a host by the organizer in the past due to its poor air-quality levels. Hosting the event, he said, could benefit Jakarta by increasing awareness on sustainable transportation. "Formula E is held on the main roads of capital cities...