In July 2020, we announced a collaboration with Extreme E to supply zero emission, hydrogen fuelled, off-grid power to Extreme E’s groundbreaking inaugural electric SUV racing series. This year, we’ve played an integral part in supporting the the world’s first all-electric, SUV rally series.
The Championship has seen teams racing in some of the most remote corners of the planet in a bid to highlight the most important climate issues of our generation and the technologies that can accelerate global decarbonisation efforts.
Size of fuel cell: 40kW cell
System make-up: Fuel Cell; Control Unit; Battery Storage unit; Vehicle Charger
Specification of Odyssey EV: Mid-mounted electric motor, generating 400kW (536bhp)
Race calendar: Alula, Saudi Arabia (3-4 April); Dakar, Senegal (29-30 May); Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (28-29 August); Sardinia, Italy (23-24 October) Dorset, UK (18-19 December)
Link to Extreme E sustainability approach: Extreme E – The Electric Odyssey (extreme-e.com)
As part of our work for Extreme E, we designed and built a power system that demonstrates the vast potential for today’s newest clean power technologies to displace polluting diesel generators, to which a large quantity of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed.
Engineered to withstand some of the world’s harshest environmental conditions, our specially modified fuel cell system powered vehicles across five continents in Extreme E’s first season, at off-grid locations such as the Arctic and the Sahara. This infographic explains what’s in the system and how it works.
All of Extreme E’s race teams, including teams run by current Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton (X44), former Champions Nico Rosberg (Rosberg Xtreme Racing), and Jenson Button (JBXE), alongside high-profile, well-established teams, including, Andretti United and Chip Ganassi Racing, have charged their ODYSSEY 21 vehicles using electricity generated by our fuel cell power system.
Our ambition is to inspire people, companies, and governments, to consider how clean power generation, via fuel cell technology, can be utilised to urgently respond and adapt to the challenges brought on by climate change – even in harsh, off-grid locations.
Extreme E’s goal is to use electric racing to highlight remote environments under threat of climate change and to encourage us all to take positive action to protect our planet’s future. We look forward to continuing to raise awareness around the impact of climate change and our involvement with Extreme E serves to demonstrate how our fuel cell technology is providing an innovative solution to tackling greenhouse gas emissions – delivering a reliable and scalable solution that can be deployed even in the harshest off-grid environments.