Extreme E was set to debut its Amazon X Prix in Pará, Brazil from October 23-24 and the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia, Argentina from December 11-12.
While monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic, Extreme E decided to postpone visiting for a race this year.
Alejandro Agag, founder, and CEO of Extreme E said, “We’ve been closely monitoring the situation regarding all Extreme E locations for 2021 and have chosen to make this pre-emptive decision on racing in South America this year. As a new series embarking on our opening Season, our priority is to deliver a five-race calendar of events which are safe and responsible for our global participants, partners, and staff to travel to and attend.”
The decision wasn’t easy. The nature of operations and travel restrictions are preventing races at the proposed remote locations.
Extreme E will continue to support the environmental issues including reforestation and agroforestry initiatives from their partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil. The local Brazilian and Argentine authorities were helpful and supportive. Hopefully, Extreme E will return to South America in 2022.
At present, Extreme E is exploring alternative destinations. There is a possibility of the racing taking place in Western Isles, Scotland ahead of Glasgow hosting COP26 in November.
Extreme E is highlighting through their platform planet issues and raising awareness with Legacy Programmes. For Senegal, Extreme E planted 1m mangroves. By the Red Sea, they focused on turtle conservation. In Greenland, empowerment and education of children on climate change is the focus in collaboration with UNICEF. These initiatives will make a positive impact at race locations.
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