04 Aug 20

How Formula E's teams are creating better futures

#PositivelyCharged, part of the FIA's #PurposeDriven initiative, represents our sport’s commitment to not only create an extraordinary racing spectacle, but to make a positive impact on the world. 

Whilst we’re a sport known for our commitment to counteract climate change, we have ambitions to go further, and so do our teams – standing behind a powerful message of inclusivity, and a common desire to drive positive change as a collective.

We set out this commitment in the open letter we published in July, but we recognise that it is just the start of our journey as we work to build electric racing and create better futures through our sport.

Our teams currently harbour and continue to nurture partnerships with a number of sustainability, diversity and inclusivity causes, and they're showing their support for those causes over the nine-day season finale in Berlin and beyond.

Envision Virgin Racing's Race Against Climate Change

EVR RACC

The aim of RACC is to accelerate the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables and help the world achieve the goals laid down in the Paris Climate Accord.

Throughout the Formula E season, the team has hosted a range of initiatives to address the wider issues surrounding climate change and is using its platform to demonstrate meaningful action and inspire others. The RACC logo is emblazoned across the car's nose and on its halo.

The British outfit is also sporting "Thank you NHS" branding across its cars in Berlin, in appreciation of the UK's key workers and National Health Service and will also be hosting live Race Against Climate Change sustainability forums, free to all, featuring panellists such as US actor Aidan Gallagher, footballer Hector Bellerin and Professor Michael E. Mann.

Mercedes-Benz EQ's all-black livery

Mercedes-Benz EQ is highlighting its stand against racism and discrimination with all-black livery in Berlin.

The marque's Formula E and Formula 1 teams are demonstrate the firm's solidarity, in its stance against racism and all forms of discrimination, whilst advocating greater diversity - with the livery set to run across all of its racing cars, with the slogan 'End Racism' displayed prominently.

"The black base livery of our racing cars is a reminder to all of us of the need for ongoing, long-term consolidation of our values and mutual respect."

"We have always spoken out clearly against racism and all forms of discrimination. They do not have a place in our team, sport or society," said Ian James, Team Principal of Mercedes-Benz EQ. 

DS Techeetah and The Big Cat Sanctuary

Since 2018, DS Techeetah has worked closely with The Big Cat Sanctuary to help raise awareness and funds for the plight of the cheetah, a threatened species placed under extreme pressure due to climate change.

The purpose of the partnership is to highlight the importance of looking after our whole ecosystem, from animals, humans, nature and fauna - as everything is interlinked with cause and effect.

The team's double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne is an ambassador for the charity and his DS E-TENSE FE19 and DS E-TENSE FE20 both being named after sanctuary resident cheetah Bajrami.

DS Techeetah's cars carry the sanctuary's logos across its front wheel covers.

JEV Cheetah

Mahindra Racing's green fingers

At the start of season six, the team announced that for every FANBOOST vote recieved by its drivers at each round on the calendar - including all six coming up in Berlin - it would plant plant a tree.

To mark World Environment Day 2020, Mahindra Racing commited to planting a tree for every viewer of the finale of Formula E’s Race At Home Challenge watching on Twitch, and 100,000 trees will be planted by the team as a result.

PSA Group's manufacture of surgical masks and respirators

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, From August 2020, an automated line will be implemented at DS Techeetah parent organisation PSA Group's Mulhouse factory and a dozen employees will be dedicated to the production of surgical masks.

A second line will be put into operation next year, which will produce masks for PSA Group and will continue production for a year.

Ultimately, there's capacity for up to 10 million masks to be produced monthly in Mulhouse, for the protection of PSA Group employees and organisations fighting against the virus and exclusion.

NIO 333's Ed Hawkins Warming Stripes

NIO 333 sports a graphic depicting Ed Hawkins' Warming Stripes on its car's wheel covers.

The leading climate scientist's graphic depicts how global temperatures have risen over the last 170 years, with its colours representing the global average temperature of every single one of those years - blue for the cooler years and red for the ever-increasing warmer years.

NIO 333

Panasonic Jaguar Racing: Detination Zero and We Are JLR

Jaguar Land Rover commits to zero accidents, zero congestion and zero emissions with its Destination Zero initiative. Formula E is a key component of its mission and electrification strategy, with world-class competition driving innovation.

We Are JLR is the company's network of networks, aiming to align its drive for diversity and inclusivity and make sure its internal networks support each other and share best practice - these include its B.A.M.E, Gender Equality Network, Women in Engineering & Allies Network to name but a few.

Promoting inclusivity has been at the core of Jaguar's racing programme since its return to the circuit 2016.

Cristina Manas, Mitch Evans' Performance Engineer; Katherine Legge, the first female racing driver to win in the I-PACE eTROPHY; Jamie Chadwick, the team's female driver nominated for the Formula E Rookie Test back in Marrakesh; and Amanda Stretton, the outfit's broadcast and social media communications lead, are all familiar faces in the Formula E paddock.

Chadwick Jaguar Formula E

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