As preparations for radical new racing series Extreme E get underway, Power Logistics has been appointed to deliver its award-winning sustainable temporary power solutions to the five races planned for 2021.
Extreme E will see electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world which have already been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues, and is committed to having a net-zero carbon footprint by the end of its first season.
Given Power Logistics’ global reputation and credentials for driving innovative, sustainable power solutions to large scale events, it is unsurprising that it is Extreme E’s supplier of choice.
The contract will see Power Logistics deliver a comprehensive electrical support package that encompasses the Team Garages and the wider Paddock area, along with support structures, broadcast compound and production areas. Amongst the services supplied by Power Logistics will be electrical designs, HVO compatible generators and an experienced team of electricians who will travel to each of the five races.
However, the standout element of the project is the design of bespoke cabling and distribution equipment that incorporates a smart power monitoring system, built specifically to meet Extreme E’s requirements. The new racing championship is pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology, supplied by AFC Energy, which will enable the series’ fleet of SUVs to be charged utilising zero emission energy. Power Logistics’ electrical cabling and distribution system will work in tandem with AFC Energy’s system to incorporate the car charging network.
Power Logistics will also implement extensive power monitoring of the energy and fuel usage of all touring elements at each race circuit. Detailed analysis of car charging and utility circuits will provide vital information, in minute detail, both in real time and post-race, to allow the organising team to make informed decisions and deliver on their sustainable objectives.
Commenting on securing the contract with Extreme E, Power Logistics’ managing director Mike Whitehouse said: “Securing a contract with Extreme E, which is committed to delivering on its net-zero carbon goals, is testament to the reputation that Power Logistics has built as a market leader in sustainable temporary power solutions. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with and learn from some of the world’s leading experts and pioneers in sustainability not only in sporting events but the wider community.
“The sustainable innovation driven in a racing series such as Extreme E is often transferred into the domestic market and road vehicles. We’re hoping to emulate that within the provision of temporary power for events. Working closely with Extreme E suppliers, like AFC Energy, presents an exciting opportunity for us to push the limits and expand our power monitoring system for a post-COVID world where environmental considerations will be paramount.”
Ali Russell, chief marketing officer, Extreme E, said: “Extreme E plans to be a leader and a pioneer in showcasing green technologies which offer solutions for reducing our environmental impact and we welcome all suppliers, such as Power Logistics, which support us to achieve this goal.”