06 April 2021
Silverstone technology park-based race team, Envision Virgin Racing, has become an official partner to the UK Government’s climate change campaign ahead of COP26 Summit.
Its two fully electric racing cars are competing in the FIA Formula E Championship bearing the campaign’s Together for Our Planet slogan.
This has already been seen in Saudi Arabia and will appear at future events in Italy, Spain, Monaco, Morocco and the USA.
The campaign is part of the government’s pledge to decarbonise transport and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.
The UK will host COP26, the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference, in November.
Alok Sharma, COP26 President Designate, said: “I am delighted Envision Virgin Racing are taking the Together for Our Planet campaign ‘on tour’ and inspiring people around the world to take urgent climate action ahead of COP26.
“We know that electric vehicles are greener, cleaner and better for the planet. To meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, we need to clean up the air we breathe by doubling the pace of transition to zero emission vehicles.”
Envision Virgin Racing has already become the first race team to sign the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is also one of only a handful of teams to have achieved the FIA’s (world motorsport’s governing body) three-star environmental accreditation.
The team’s Managing Director Sylvain Filippi commented: “Envision Virgin Racing, Formula E and the UK Government are all at the forefront of the EV revolution, especially with so many personnel, vehicles and infrastructure based and built right here in the UK.
“As such, we are honoured to be joining forces with what is the most important climate event of the year and playing a pivotal role in encouraging motorists to make the switch and, more importantly, tackle climate change before it is too late.
“Through the exciting platform of motorsport, we’re able to showcase the true potential of electric vehicles as we compete in cities across the globe, developing innovative technology that will filter from the track to the road and accelerating the adoption of EVs.”
Silverstone Park is home to an increasing number of businesses operating in electric vehicle technologies. These include:
• Envision Virgin Racing
• Lunaz Design
• Performance Projects