Count Us In and GridPlay return for Extreme E Season 2

Count Us In and GridPlay return for Extreme E Season 2

04.07.2022: Following its success in 2021, the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge is back for Season 2 with fans once again urged to take action on climate change through their passion for the sport.

Following its success in 2021, the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge is back for Season 2 with fans once again urged to take action on climate change through their passion for the s

The unison between Extreme E and the global initiative Count Us In , first announced in 2020, encourages fans to use the collective power of their individual action on climate, inspiring them to take one or more impactful actions from a set recommended by the campaign.

The goal of these actions is to show that committing to small lifestyle changes, like eating more plant-based foods, walking and cycling more, and reducing energy consumption at home, has a huge positive impact when multiplied on a global level.

Each action, represented as a step on the action platform, is attributed to the fans’ favourite Extreme E team. The race to achieve the most steps by the end of the season began in NEOM, Saudi Arabia at the Desert X Prix, and the winner then receives the Extreme E Sustainability Award.

Count Us In uses a range of data sources to add up the carbon savings of people’s actions. The wider implications of which can therefore urge governments, cities and businesses to accelerate progress and increase their ambition on climate action.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said:
“Our first season working with Count Us In was a huge success – and it was fantastic to see just how much fan engagement there was which further underlines the power of our sport.

We are fortunate to have a phenomenal platform and it’s important we use it in the right way and that is, not only to entertain, but also to educate. And initiatives like Count Us In allow us to magnify our message and facilitate quantifiable change that really makes a difference.

“We are really looking forward to building on this momentum for Season 2 and with the help of our incredible line up of teams, drivers and dedicated fan base, we aim to go even further in taking action on climate change.  At Extreme E, we will continue to push the boundaries and shine a spotlight on the issues we face, along with the need to act now to help protect our futures.”

In 2021, the X44 team became the first winners of the prestigious Sustainability Award award after topping the standings in the series' inaugural Count Us In Challenge. Led by Sir Lewis Hamilton, X44 clinched the award with a total of 792 steps pledged with Jenson Button’s JBXE team coming in close second with a total of 749 steps. Nico Rosberg’s team, Rosberg X Racing, finished third with a total of 422 steps. In total, the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge inspired 1,231 fans to take 3,207 steps which saved an impressive 1,242,223 KG C02.

On being presented with the 2021 award, X44’s Sébastien Loeb sai
d: “I was very happy that X44 won the Extreme E Sustainability Award for 2021.  I joined the team hoping to discover more about the environment while doing what I love. I have learned so much from the series and the different places we visited – in fact I even bought my first electric car last year!"

Nigel Topping, UK High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26, said:
“I'm delighted to see the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge grow from strength to strength. To avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need everyone’s involvement – from businesses and governments to citizens and communities, we all have a critical part to play.

People all over the world taking impactful actions, like talking to friends or using their voting power, and taking on some simple lifestyle changes, is a fundamental part of demonstrating to companies and governments that our whole society is in the Race to Zero emissions."

In 2022, McLaren Racing – NEOM McLaren Extreme E – also joins the line-up of existing Extreme E teams in the quest for this year’s coveted award. The team, who announced its entry into Extreme E last year,  join the championship as part of its move to minimise negative impact and achieve net-zero carbon footprint by 2030.

A key feature of Extreme E Season 1, GridPlay also returns for the Championship’s second season. Gridplay puts fans at the centre of the action, giving them an opportunity to use their vote to influence the outcome of the racing.

Fans can vote for their favourtie drivers, and the team with the most votes gets to hand-pick their spot on the starting line for the Final. The team with the most fan votes gets the opportunity to pick its grid position for the final first, followed by the team with the second most votes and so on.

Votes can be cast twice a day for a favoured driver to gain that all-important grid advantage. The votes received by both drivers in each team are then added together to reveal the total team score. The teams who have qualified for the Final then take their percentage of votes, and those teams that lost out on a spot in the Final can ‘gift’ their votes to a team of their choosing.

The team with the least votes goes first in gifting its votes, so the final team to gift votes is most likely to have the deciding vote and a big impact on the outcome of the X Prix.

NEOM Island X Prix double-header:

R02 voting will close Wednesday 6th July 5pm GMT.

R03 voting will close Saturday 9th July 5pm GMT.

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Simra Gulzar


04.07.2022 / MaP

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