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Formula E electric cars race in Long Beach (pictures)

The halfway point of the Formula E electric race series occurred in Long Beach, Calif., on April 4, with 10 teams and 20 drivers competing for the podium.

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The sixth race in the all-new Formula E series was held in Long Beach, and was free to spectators. This race is unique because it is run with electric cars.

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All teams are required to use the same car, the Spark SRT_01e. An open-wheel car, it has an electric motor driving the rear wheels and a battery pack behind the driver.

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As with modern racing cars, the steering wheel holds paddles for shifting and an instrument panel.

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Formula E uses a BMW i8 as its pace car.

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The cars use wireless charging with inductive pads. Charging one of the racing cars takes about 45 minutes.

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The paddock is filled with the team tents, with space for each driver's cars.

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The e.dams-Renault team holds the most points at the start of the Long Beach race.

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The technicians from team Trulli ready one of their cars for race day.

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The Audi Sport ABT team has one of the top drivers in the series, Lucas di Grassi.

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After qualifying laps, handlers from team Venturi, cofounded by actor Leonardo Di Caprio, push one of their cars back to the paddock.

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Cars from team Amlin and Mahindra get pushed back to the paddock for recharging and maintenance before the race.

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Team Andretti driver Jean-Eric Vergne hit a wall during qualifying laps, doing serious damage to his car. Surprisingly, technicians were able to fix it before the race.

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While teams get their cars ready for the race, drivers aged 11 to 16 compete in their own electric cars as part of the FE School Series.

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Car cockpits are kept cool with umbrellas on pit lane just before the start of the race.

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And they're off! China Racing chases Venturi on the second straight.

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China Racing comes out of turn 6.

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This China Racing car, driven by Charles Pic, rides the apex on turn 7.

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Team Mahindra goes into turn 7.

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A driver from team Trulli comes down the front straight.

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An Andretti driver comes out of turn 4.

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Virgin racing on the front straight. Catch fences line the track, preventing parts from crashed cars from flying into grandstands.

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Halfway through the race and its time to change cars. Here, a Venturi team driver is ready to go in a freshly charged car.

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A Trulli driver makes his way, as quickly as possible, to his freshly charged car.

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Three cars come out of turn 6, into turn 7's hairpin.

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Fans watch from the grandstands as another car comes  around turn 6.

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China Racing's Nelson Piquet heads towards the finish line on the front straight.

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At the podium, it's Nelson Piquet in first, Jean-Eric Vergne in second and Lucas di Grassi in third.

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