Electric race team Envision Virgin partners with sustainability technology leader Johnson Matthey

Electric race team Envision Virgin partners with sustainability technology leader Johnson Matthey

09 February 2021

The Envision Virgin Racing Formula E team, based at Silverstone Park, has confirmed a multi-year strategic partnership with worldwide FTSE 100 index company Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies.

JM, renowned for its expertise and vision in creating a cleaner, healthier world – particularly through its advanced cathode material technology – will become an official partner of Envision Virgin Racing, as well as the team’s innovative ‘Race Against Climate Change’ sustainability programme.

The new collaboration will also focus on the co-development of the first ever electric two-seater Formula E style race car, to be based inside Envision Virgin Racing’s state-of-the-art facilities at Silverstone Park.

This will be powered by eLNO®, JM’s family of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials that deliver superior energy density whilst sustaining excellent battery cycle life.

Envision Virgin Racing – owned by world leading ‘greentech’ company Envision Group – boasts an impressive record both on and off the track. Aside from securing 11 wins and 29 podiums, it is the only current carbon neutral Formula E team (PAS 2060), one of a handful to have achieved the FIA’s Three Star Sustainability Accreditation and recently announced a new partnership with the UN’s COP26 global summit.

Backing up its green credentials, its offices at Silverstone Park use 100% renewable energy and the premises are also fitted with electric vehicle charging points.

The team will be back in action with its two Formula E cars when the 2021 FIA FE season gets under way later this month in Saudi Arabia…

CEO of Envision Group and Executive Chairman of Envision AESC, Lei Zhang said: “Envision Group, Envision Virgin Racing and Johnson Matthey are all at the forefront of the EV revolution, so I am delighted to be collaborating with them.

“As a global leader in sustainable technologies, JM’s vision aligns perfectly with the net zero values of Envision, and I look forward to working together to tackle climate change before it is too late.”

Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey, added: “We’re delighted to be working together with Envision Virgin Racing and its owners Envision Group as we both share an ambition to create a more sustainable future.

“We’re also excited about creating the first electric race car using eLNO® technology – which is a major milestone in its commercialisation – and to join the team’s ‘Race Against Climate Change’ initiative and its goals of inspiring generations to take action to protect the planet.”

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