Brazilian racing driver will work on reducing air pollution, which costs more than 6 million lives per year
Lucas Di Grassi was appointed this Friday (27) in Paris as Clean Air Advocate for the United Nations Program for the Environment. Di Grassi was chosen for his role in sectors that seek the development of clean mobility technology, as well as being considered a spokesman for the international public because of his successful motoring career.
The current Formula E world champion, Lucas has being lecturing on mobility technology and sustainable mobility, as well as being CEO of Roborace, the company that will launch the first world championship for autonomous race cars – using electric motors and artificial intelligence. The project is well advanced. Roborace has already drawn the attention of international industry by promoting tests featuring the first races between autonomous cars of the world – and also of human pilots against autonomous cars.
“I am very honored to have been chosen to contribute to the UN in tackling one of the most important and urgent problems for our planet: the continuing poor air quality on all continents, especially in the more urbanized countries,” Di Grassi said. “About 95% of people live in areas where air quality exceeds the maximum rate set by the World Health Organization. More than six million people die annually due to diseases related to poor air quality. That alone shows the urgency of creating a greater global awareness of the problem, “said the Formula E champion.
The appointment took place on the eve of the eighth rpimd of the Formula E World Championship, to be held this Saturday in Paris. In the last two rounds Di Grassi has got two second places – in Uruguay and in Italy – showing that he is very close to the first victory of 2018.