The environment is also a theme dear to British royalty and not only to Prince Albert II of Monaco. William, who is also Duke of Cambridge over second in line as heir to the throne of Queen Elizabeth, tested the Odyssey 21 electric SUV used in the new Extreme E series on the Scottish track of Knockhill, less than an hour’s drive away. north of Edinburgh. His interest in the model is not accidental: the son of Carlo and Diana is engaged in a campaign in favor of the climate. Not only has it beaten the banks (“you have to do more to protect the environment,” he recently declared), but it has also established “The Earthshot Prize”, an eco-award given every year until 2030 to five innovative solutions for of safeguarding the planet.
The zero-emission racing option of the Extreme E circuit taken last month in Saudi Arabia aroused the interest of Prince William who was also anticipated the futuristic fuel cell-powered option developed by the British AFC Energy. To welcome His Royal Highness on the Scottish circuit were the founder of the show, the Spaniard Alejandro Agag, who is also the “father” of Formula E, the CEO of the overseas company working on the hydrogen SUV, Adam Bond, as well as 23-year-old rally driver Catie Munnings on the podium in the opening race of the circuit with the Andretti United Team and George Imafidon, engineer of Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to illustrate the ways we are working to achieve common goals for a low-carbon future for the planet,” said Agag. The Iberian manager said he was sure that the prince enjoyed the experience: “Who knows, maybe one day a guest appearance in the race”, he ventured.
The electric racing SUV has a 550 hp electric motor capable of making it reach 100 per hour in 4.5 seconds despite its raised structure, its 2.3 meters of width and its 1,650 kilograms of weight. The model is practically a “spider” because it is capable of climbing slopes of 52%.