Extreme E to premiere across Africa on ESPN

Extreme E to premiere across Africa on ESPN

24 August 2020, LondonExtreme E, the pioneering electric off-road motor racing series, is set to be broadcast live across the African continent following an agreement with The Walt Disney Company. The series will premiere on ESPN (Dstv 218, GOtv 38) and ESPN2 (Dstv 219) in 2021.

Extreme E’s five-race global odyssey from the Arctic to the Amazon Rainforest, will air live to more than 50 African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda. As well as the live race action, a variety of highlights programmes will also be broadcast.

The championship’s goal is to highlight the impact that climate change and human influences are having on the severely damaged locations in which it will race, whilst raising awareness, driving sustainability and inspiring action through world-class motorsport.

Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E, said: “We aim to make our championship accessible to as wide an audience as possible around the globe, and this deal opens the door to tens of millions of viewers across Africa – especially key as the continent will play host to one of our races in Senegal.

“Extreme E is a top-tier sporting product unlike anything else out there at the moment, and we want to share the series’ goal of driving awareness of climate change worldwide, whilst promoting battery electric vehicles and workable, sustainable solutions.”

Frank Rutten, ESPN Europe & Africa added: “Extreme E is a challenging racing expedition that aims to bring people, locations and companies together in a positive way, creating an electrifying, highly entertaining experience for viewers. We’re excited to be adding this unique and relevant sporting series to our existing portfolio to our viewers across Africa.”

The agreement with ESPN Africa is the latest broadcast deal to be announced by Extreme E, with the championship also set to partner with BBC (UK), Discovery (Europe and North America), FOX Sports (United States, Canada and the Caribbean), FOX Sports Asia (Southeast Asia), FOX Sports Australia, Mediaset (Italy), Sony India (Indian subcontinent), TVNZ (New Zealand), RTM (Malaysia), Dubai Sports (Middle East), RDS (Canada), China Sports Zhibo.tv (China), RTL 7 (The Netherlands), ORF (Austria) and BTRC (Belarus).

Further sporting, broadcast and partnership announcements will follow in the coming weeks as Extreme E builds towards its 2021 start-date.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit – www.Extreme-E.com


About Extreme E:

Extreme E is a radical new racing series, which will see electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world which have already been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues. The five-race global voyage highlights the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles to help preserve the environment and protect the planet.

To minimise local impact, Extreme E races will not be open to spectators, with fans instead invited to follow the action through live TV broadcast, and on social media.

The RMS St. Helena, a former passenger cargo ship, has undergone a multi-million Euro refit to minimise emissions and transform her into Extreme E’s operations hub, a move which is estimated to lower carbon output by two thirds in comparison to air freight. It will be used to transport the championship’s freight and infrastructure, including vehicles, to the nearest port, minimising Extreme E’s footprint as well as being used to facilitate scientific research through an on-board laboratory.

Extreme E is also pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology which will enable its race fleet to be charged using zero emission energy. This innovative solution from AFC Energy uses water and sun to generate hydrogen power. Not only will this process emit no greenhouse emissions, its only by-product will be water, which will be utilised elsewhere on-site.

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