Extreme E secures Saudi Arabia green hydrogen deal to power its racing series

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Extreme E announced today a multi-year relationship with ENOWA, NEOM’s energy, water and hydrogen subsidiary, to introduce green hydrogen power to their global sustainable racing series.

The announcement comes just days after NEOM, a sustainable region in northwest Saudi Arabia being built from the ground up, was revealed as the title partner of the McLaren Formula E and Extreme E racing teams under the banner of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing.

ENOWA is a subsidiary of NEOM, developing sustainable energy, water and hydrogen for the city-under-construction. Green hydrogen is a promising green energy carrier in the fight against climate change. This technology supports the transportation of renewable energy over long distances and the decarbonization of major industries and infrastructure.

Since its inception, Extreme E has demonstrated the co-existence of motorsports and sustainability, bringing attention to the planet’s climatic hot spots through dedicated race locations. The partnership aims to implement green hydrogen-based technologies in a “leave no trace” approach, concurrently showcasing the opportunities around this technology.  ENOWA has assumed a scientific advisory role on the board of Extreme E to develop climate positive educational programs catered towards young generations.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said, “We are delighted to have ENOWA onboard as our official Green Hydrogen Power Partner. We have collaborated with NEOM for some time, particularly in delivering a hugely successful first Desert X Prix of Season 2; this partnership with ENOWA marks a further step in our mission for a more sustainable future.”

“ENOWA plans to lead the development of world-class, sustainable energy, water and hydrogen systems which I am sure will become a reference point in the future, and our series will also benefit from this greater focus on technology and innovation.”

Commenting on the relationship Peter Terium, CEO of ENOWA, added, “Together we can accelerate innovations in clean technologies powered by green hydrogen, contributing to hydrogen mobility markets and the future of global decarbonization.”

NEOM is the first to produce green hydrogen at scale. Due to the abundance of solar, wind and water resources in NEOM, ENOWA and its partners will provide large quantities of green hydrogen. ENOWA benefits from NEOM’s greenfield site, which has no legacy infrastructure, to advance energy, water, and hydrogen innovation while providing sustainable fuels like green hydrogen to international users.

At the Season 2 opener of Extreme E in NEOM in February 2022, the series revealed its plans to launch an off-road hydrogen Championship in 2024. Named Extreme H, the championship will sit alongside Extreme E, its existing electric racing series. Development for the Extreme H vehicle is already underway, with the aim being the launch of a prototype in early 2023.

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