Extreme E – The Electric Odyssey heads to the Himalayas

14, Nov 2019 | nepaltraveller.com

A Press Meet was held at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on November 14, announcing the hosting of one of the races of Extreme E race in Jomsom, Nepal

Extreme E is a radical new concept of Racing. They take electric racing to some of the most remote corners of the planet to highlight the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems, whilst showcasing the performance of all-electric SUVs in extreme conditions.

The press meet began with a welcome speech from CEO of NTB Deepak Raj Joshi. He welcomed the team from Extreme E and all the guests from different media house. He said, “Extreme E racing that will be held in Jomsom will be a step towards beginning sustainable development in the Himalayan region. This event will also give huge media mileage and bring more positive shift to the tourism industry in Nepal.”

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, explained a few things about Extreme E. “Extreme E is a new championship, we will conduct five races in five different places of the world with the theme, ‘We are a race with no trace’. Each of our races will leave a legacy behind,” informed Alejandro.

“We will have five races in five different regions. The regions are: Artic, Amazon, coastal area (not decided), Mountainous (Jomsom) and Desert (Saudi Arabia). 12 teams will be competing for the championship.”

“Extreme E is a competitive platform for accelerating the development of electric vehicles, to help create a low-carbon future powered by renewable energy. We are committed to supporting and partnering with organisations working to restore the degraded environments in which we race, the precious ecosystems within them and the people who live there.”

Extreme E plans to leave behind legacies that help stop the degrading environment conditions of each of the places that they plan to race in. Yearly projects such as replanting of tress in the deforested area of Amazon, cleaning up of non-degradable wastes in the coastal area, planting trees to complete the green wall in Africa just south of the Sahara desert to stop the ever-growing desertification and working with the government of Greenland to go 100% green have already been planted. Similar sustainable project will be conducted in Jomsom as well.

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