LONDON: The schedule for season 2 of Extreme E was announced. The first race will take place in NEOM, Saudi Arabia in February.
In April, the Kingdom hosted the inaugural season of the electric SUV series. It was held in AlUla in the desert dunes. The series then traveled to four other locations around the globe.
Extreme E is an off-road championship that raises awareness about climate change issues like global warming, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and wildfires. It also promotes sustainability and electric vehicle adoption to protect the planet.
Alejandro Agag (CEO and founder of Extreme E) said, “After a stunning opening season, we are thrilled that we can announce our second season calendar.”
“All of us at Extreme E look forward to revisiting some amazing race locations of the 2021 seasons to see for ourselves what positive impact our electric series had on those communities and to learn more about how we can help them,” he said.
“We also hope to add South America onto our list, and with visits planned to both Chile, and Uruguay, it is shaping to be an exciting season.”
) The campaign’s third race, scheduled for July, could see the series travel to either Scotland or more familiar Senegal. More details will be forthcoming as agreements are finalized.
Extreme E season 2 calendar (2022):
Feb. 19-20: NEOM, Saudi Arabia
May 7-8: Sardinia, Italy
July 9 -10: Scotland, Senegal
Sept. 10-11: Antofagasta, Chile
Nov. 26-27: Punta del Este, Uruguay
The St. Helena, a former Royal Mail ship, is the championship’s floating center. It transports the series’ vehicles and logistics equipment, paddock infrastructure, and also hosts scientific research using its on-board laboratory. All this in an effort to reduce the tour’s environmental footprint.
Head-to-head races are known individually as X Prix and take place over two days in an area of 10 sq. km. Each driver is a male or female driver and they compete on one lap. There is also a switch at the midway. The course designers were tasked to select the best options for providing challenging and thrilling action using natural obstacles and features that have elevation changes and jumps.
To ensure the best practices, race organizers conduct thorough economic, environmental and social assessments of each site with a third party. These reports have had an impact on Extreme E’s operations, including water consumption, waste management, lighting, and land management.
Extreme E works in partnership with local governments, NGOs and experts to create positive legacy initiatives in each location. Season one programs included funding a turtle conservation project along Red Sea coast, planting 1 million mangroves with nongovernmental organizations TO.org and Oceanium, cocoa agroforestry, Amazon conservation with Nature Conservancy in Para state in Brazil, and creating a climate education syllabus in Greenland for more than 3 ,500 students with UNICEF.
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