The circuit will first be used by manufacturers looking to test their cars
Though Drenthe is well-known already for its motorcycle racing circuit (the TT Circuit), it will soon have the first track designed for electric cars, reports RTV Drenthe.
Work is currently underway in the Veenakkers neighbourhood in the city of Emmer-Compascuum, where the circuit will be built. The first phase of construction consists of the installation of around 11,000 solar panels.
The E-circuit will become the most sustainable circuit in the world, says Ivo Dam, the Technical Director for PoweField, which will be installing the panels: “soon we will generate more energy here than we can ever use here.”
Construction of the track, which is only intended for electric cars and cars that run on hydrogen, will probably not start until next year. Car manufacturers will be able to test their vehicles and private individuals can experience what it is like to drive electrically.
Van Dam also drives an electric car himself and had to get used to it in the beginning: “I ran into the range. If there was still 20 kilometers on the counter, I wondered whether I could really drive 20 kilometers. It is very precise and the driving style is also important. If you drive like in a petrol car, it empties faster.”