Extreme E: Tires, electricity, logistics: how sustainable is Extreme E?
But how sustainable is the series itself? We do the check:
The cars: In Extreme E, electric SUVs with a maximum of 544 hp race through the terrain. The highlight: The energy is generated on site from sunlight and fuel cells. Solar modules first produce electricity in order to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. This, in turn, is converted into enough energy in a giant portable fuel cell to power the cars. The system is manufactured by the British company AFC Energy. In this way, 480 kW of energy can be generated in 24 hours.
Six tires are available per car and race. All rubbers were produced before the season started and stored on the Extreme-E-ship St. Helena. “That means we had our first major test in Saudi Arabia when all the tires were already loaded,” explains Catarina Silva. “Fortunately, we did everything right and didn’t need any subsequent changes.”
A car covers an average of 70-100 kilometers per race weekend. The tires still look like new afterwards. “At the Dakar, a team needs more tires for a race than we do for a whole championship,” calculates Catarina Silva.
The sustainability program: At every race, Extreme E supports local projects to combat climate change. The top theme at the finals in southern England is the extinction of species on the British island. “We help with the resettlement of Biebern”, explains Abt-Cupra driver Jutta Kleinschmidt: “Together with other drivers we built a first new home for them in the forest.” Most recently in Sardinia we helped families who lost everything in forest fires to have. Kleinschmidt: “We did some great things, but Greenland was outstanding for me. It was both impressive and terrifying to see the ice melt away. It is therefore good that we are also drawing attention to this with motorsport. “