Extreme E kicks off this weekend, spotlights desert-ecosystem challenges
The new electric racing series starts with the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia highlighting desertification in which nine teams, with one male and one female driver each, will compete in not only Saturday qualifying and Sunday finals but also fan social-media voting.
The Desert X Prix, Extreme E’s first race weekend, kicks off in AlUla, Saudi Arabia tomorrow, with the teams all set for an epic adventure.
For the uninitiated, Extreme E is a new racing series with electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world that have been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues. The five-race global voyage highlights the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the quest for a lower-carbon future for the planet.
“Extreme E isn’t just a race for a trophy, it is about something much bigger, the race for our planet is real and there is no finish line in sight,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E. “Through the power of sport, we look forward to highlighting some of the environmental challenges the world is facing and the solutions we can all take.”
To minimize local impact, Extreme E races will not be open to spectators, with fans instead invited to follow the action through live TV broadcast and social media.
A former passenger/cargo ship has been transformed into Extreme E’s operations hub. The St. Helena is used to transport the championship’s freight and infrastructure, including vehicles, to the nearest port, minimizing the series’ footprint. It is also being used to facilitate scientific research
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