Extreme E, a series of electric SUVs, confirmed that it is looking for alternative destinations for the last two races of the first season due to the current situation of Covid-19 in South America.
“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,” said the CEO of Extreme E, Alejandro Agag.
It should be noted that Extreme E was going to hold the Amazon X Prix from October 23 to 24 on Brazilian soil, specifically in Pará. Later the competition was going to go to the south of the region to carry out the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia, Argentina, from December 11 to 12.
However, following the current situation in South America regarding Covid-19, the arrival of the electric series has been postponed until the second season.
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“We will of course continue to support our important reforestation and agroforestry initiatives which are already well underway in the region thanks to the help of Dr Francisco Olivieira and our partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil. We would also like to thank the local authorities in Brazil and Argentina who have been supportive throughout the whole process and we hope we can return in 2022,” added Agag.
In this sense, the manager announced that the decision of the category is not a decision taken lightly and that on the contrary the travel advice and current restrictions have also meant that they have not been able to visit the career areas in advance to carry out the necessary reconnaissance visits.
Visits to the race areas are essential to identify remote nature and to be able to carry out logistics operations with greater precision.
Alternative career locations are currently being explored and options being considered are Western Isles, Scotland, before Glasgow hosts the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.
It is important to remember that the X-Prix round tries to make visible with the races the different problems facing the planet Earth.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago