Electric Silverstone Park race team to lead climate initiatives at COP26

Electric Silverstone Park race team to lead climate initiatives at COP26

29 October 2021

Silverstone Park based FIA Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing (EVR) will have a significant presence at the forthcoming COP26 climate change conference being attended by world leaders.

The team will lead a series of initiatives at two public points in host city Glasgow when the global event takes place from 31 Oct-12 Nov.

These will focus on inspiring positive climate change action, whilst also showcasing its pioneering new battery technology by displaying its British-designed and manufactured two-seater electric race car in association with Johnson Matthey – a world first (pictured).

EVR will also use COP26 as the backdrop to unveil its Season 8 (2021-22) FIA Formula E race car.

Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer Sylvain Filippi said: “As the world’s attention is on Glasgow, we are reminded that we have a global platform to showcase the true potential of electric vehicles as we compete in cities across the world.

“Our innovative technology will transition from track to road as EVs are widely adopted and we believe that electric mobility is at the heart of the environmental transition we are witnessing today.

“However, the issue of climate change is not a spectator sport and we each have a role to play. To achieve UN goals, we need to act as individuals, businesses and governments.

“Therefore, we will be announcing a range of initiatives around COP26, partnering with school children, campaigners, policymakers, communities and industry as we seek to engage, motivate and enable audiences to address climate change before it is too late.”

EVR’s partnership with Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, was announced earlier this year.

Its green credentials extend to its 12,000 sq ft Silverstone Park premises, where its offices use 100% renewable energy and the building is fitted with EV charging points.

Its two cars have carried the UK government’s COP26 message ‘Together For Our Planet’ in 2021, in which it narrowly missed out on the Teams’ title in FIA Formula E – the world’s premier electric motorsport category.

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