This means the event will take place a week later than originally planned in Patagonia, which was set for December 11-12 before travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic led to its cancellation.
Championship co-founder Alejandro Agag believes that the UK landing represents a significant change in the series’ mission, bringing the fight against climate change closer to big cities.
Agag said: “I am very excited about this new location, our first event on British soil”.
“This represents a significant change to our mission to run to remote places to highlight the effects of climate change, as often the problems we are talking about are really one step away from our backyards. So, it seemed like the right time to aim for the spotlight home and help the military reduce its carbon footprint “.
“The world needs to move forward when it comes to combustion engines, but also a lot of other things, so I don’t think there can be anything better to symbolize it than a Jurassic-themed X-Prix.”
“If we don’t push forward with sustainability-related actions, some species are in danger of becoming extinct, and that’s something we simply can’t ignore anymore.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO, Extreme E, in the press conference
Photo by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images
The Bovington round, famous for its tank museum, was organized in collaboration with the British Army, the Ministry of Defense and Motorsport UK.
The British Army and Ministry of Defense have already announced a plan to mitigate their environmental impact by reducing emissions and facilitating the transition to renewable energy sources, including a switch to electric armored vehicles.
General Simon Hutchings said: “The British Army prides itself on its ability to conduct operations in any kind of environment, adapting and developing the required skills.”
“The opportunity to work with Extreme E, which is a world leader in vehicle electrification and sustainable energy production, is very exciting.”
“It will allow us to share innovative ideas, which will allow the military to continue to gain a technological advantage globally, while also contributing to our climate and sustainability goals.”