HRH The Duke of Cambridge goes electric with Andretti United Extreme E

His Royal Highness Prince William was given a masterclass in electric racing today [Saturday 22 May] at Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotland, with Andretti United Extreme E driver Catie Munnings.

The test drive was organised ahead of COP 26, which takes place in Glasgow later this year, as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting innovative projects in Scotland during High Commissioner’s Week which aim to positively turn the dial on the climate emergency.

As well as understanding more about the series’ electrification, environment and equality background, the visit provided an opportunity for Prince William to take a look at Extreme E’s hydrogen fuel cell - created in collaboration with British-based AFC Energy – which charges its electric race fleet using zero emission energy.

Prince William was hosted by Extreme E CEO and Founder Alejandro Agag, Andretti United Extreme E driver Catie Munnings and Adam Bond, CEO of AFC Energy.

Britain’s Munnings was on hand to show Prince William how to get the best out of the all-electric ODYSSEY 21, similar to the vehicle she shares with Timmy Hansen to compete in this year’s Extreme E.

Catie Munnings: “Today will certainly be one of those days that I won’t forget in a hurry! It was an absolute honour to meet The Duke of Cambridge and to teach him about the ODYSSEY 21 and some of the key attributes of these incredible machines. Prince William grasped the basic skills quickly and seemed very at ease with driving electric vehicles, maybe my Andretti United team-mate Timmy should be feeling a little threatened! Sustainability is a central messaging pillar of Extreme E and with the Earthshot Prize, it’s fantastic to see that we are all working towards a common goal of a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly future.”

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E: “It was a great honour for Extreme E to host Prince William at Knockhill. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to show him the ways in which we are working towards the same shared goals around a lower carbon future for our planet. I think he really enjoyed his experience behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21, under the expert instruction of Catie. Perhaps a guest racing appearance in Extreme E beckons in the future!”

The Ocean X Prix – the second event in Extreme E’s inaugural season takes place next weekend (29-30 May) at Lac Rose in Dakar, Senegal and is available to watch through a variety of global broadcasters including ITV, BBC online, Sky Sports and BT Sport in the UK, FOX in America, Australia and Asia plus Eurosport in Europe.