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All eyes on hydrogen: AFC Energy technology charged Extreme E’s inaugural race – and now it’s at the centre of international motorsport
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All eyes on hydrogen: AFC Energy technology charged Extreme E’s inaugural race – and now it’s at the centre of international motorsport

When Rosberg X Racing duo Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor crossed the finish line of Extreme E’s first race in the Saudi Arabian desert earlier this month, they did so in a car charged by a hydrogen-powered generator. And for AFC Energy’s Adam Bond, it was one of his proudest moments as the UK company’s Chief Executive.

It was AFC Energy that designed and engineered the hydrogen fuel cell generator used by Extreme E to remotely charge the race fleet using zero-emission energy, marking a revolutionary first in international motorsport. With an estimated 200 million people watching worldwide, Bond was there in person to watch Rosberg X Racing take the chequered flag in Extreme E’s inaugural Desert X-Prix in AlUla. H2 View caught up with Bond earlier this week to find out how it went.

What was it like to be there on site in Saudi Arabia?

Adam Bond (AB): With an estimated 200 million people watching worldwide, the Extreme E all-electric, offroad racing series has captured the imagination of many motorsport enthusiasts all whilst highlighting the challenges our world is facing in light of the growing impact of climate change. It’s safe to say the weekend had everything, from its spectacular backdrop, incredible racing and heart-stopping rolls and crashes. Huge congratulations to Rosberg X Racing for taking the chequered flag.

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