Formula E boss hopes that the racing series will be accelerated Adoption of electric vehicles

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According to Jamie Reigle, the successor to Alejandro Agag, the founder of Formula E, the racetrack is committed to an environmental message and insists that the benefits offset the carbon footprint.

"The climate crisis is very real," Reigle told Nicki Shields of CNN's Supercharged TV show. "The aim was to accelerate the introduction of electric vehicles, since cars and means of transport cause around 25 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide.

"Alejandro (Agag) therefore had the vision that we will accelerate the acceptance of electric vehicles and that in the medium term this will be very good for the planet if we can seriously demonstrate the potential of electric vehicles in a car race.

"If you have global ambitions, of course, that involves a certain amount of logistics that is necessary to run the circus around the world, so to speak. We believe that the carbon emissions that result from this are in proportion to the change in the world In the adoption of electric vehicles, shadows are cast over time. "

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Reigle (right) with Alberto Longo (left) and Sebastien Buemi (center) before the Diriyah E-Prix.

Take steps

Announcing a new 10-year plan from F1 to become carbon neutral by 2030 is a positive step, but Reigle believes that the environmental challenges of the two types of racing are very different and that they must therefore find different solutions.

"Motorsport is partly about technology transfer in road vehicles. But it's also a form of entertainment. A release for fans," he said.

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"Formula One has a huge fan base around the world and I think that will benefit them. Our challenge then is to tell a different story about road racing and the potential of electric vehicles. I think these two will work for one Living together quite well for the year. " long time."

Due to the similarity of the teams and the format of the championship, comparisons are often made between the two racing championships.

But Reigle believes that comparing the two is not helpful.

"I don't think it's particularly productive if we speak against them," he said. "I think we have a core job when it comes to electric racing, and it’s street racing and city centers.

"It's a fundamentally different product. And I don't think these products are mutually exclusive. So it's not a question of whether we catch up with them or outperform them. It's about our product that fans want to deal with?"

"I think when you see the Porsche, the Mercedes, the Audi, the big OEMs, it shows the basic value of the technological development, but also the interaction with the younger consumers who will buy these electric cars in the future."

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Maintaining the status quo

With the change from Agag to Chairman and the launch of the brand new Extreme E, Reigle is taking its first steps in motorsport.

Before joining the racing series, the Canadian was a senior executive with the Los Angeles Rams NFL team after spending a decade as a senior executive at Manchester United.

And while he wants to put his own stamp on the championship, Reigle believes that it is not necessary to make "big changes".

"The team and what has been delivered are really remarkable. Considering that Formula E started five years ago and where we are today, it is really a special feature that Alejandro and his team developed," explained he.

"For me, the point is maybe to bring in some outside expertise and a slightly different perspective. But basically it is the way you were and continue to build on the success that has been achieved today."

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Reigle (right) poses in Tokyo with the former Manchester United striker Andy Cole (left) and the president of the Japanese food company Kagome, Hidenori Nishi (center).

"Unpredictability"

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And with Jean-Éric Vergne, who is aiming for a historic third championship title in a row, and young drivers who are advancing in the ranks, there are plenty of storylines in the sixth season of Formula E, which Reigle appealed to.

"[Last season] We had nine winners in the twelve races, "he said." I think of the biggest sports properties – the result is unpredictable and fans really appreciate it.

"On the other hand, we had a two-time winner with Jean-Éric Vergne. One of the stories that I will follow very closely is can he make one more and win three times in a row?

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"At the other end of the spectrum, young people like Nyck de Vries are coming. It is the first time that a Formula 2 champion has entered Formula E. It is a sign of the status of the championship that we have and for them Attractiveness." the drivers come in and run.

"With Porsche or Mercedes, we saw that they showed a high level of professionalism and approach. They have another series in Formula E, and I think that really improved the game for all other teams, and that's exactly what it is about it in sports. "

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