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Ellie Goulding: Formula E is ‘literally the future’

Ellie Goulding: Formula E is ‘literally the future’

Although the British singer-songwriter was introduced to motor racing through the petrol version, the environmental aspect of Formula E makes it “much cooler,” she says.

“The cars are amazing, looking at how they’re made, looking at the know-how, the work that goes into it, the technology, the teams,” Goulding told CNN Supercharged at the Marrakech ePrix in Morocco.

Ellie Goulding: Formula E is 'literally the future'
Ellie Goulding: Formula E is ‘literally the future’

“They make it cool and it should be and that’s why I’m here. I want to show my young fans that this is the future,” added Goulding, who while she was in Marrakech also attended a Formula E Mad Hatters Moroccan Tea Party to celebrate the country’s ePrix at the Amanjena hotel.

Use your voice

Goulding has three number one singles in the UK and two albums to his credit. Her hit “Love me like you do” had more than 2.1 billion views on YouTube, while more than 40 songs she produced or presented exceeded 10 million views.

The global superstar is also using the reach of its social platforms – it has more than 20 million followers on Twitter and Instagram – to promote its hopes for a greener planet.

And following her regular publications on climate change on social media, she was appointed United Nations’ global goodwill ambassador for the environment.

“I was approached by the UN a few years ago because I published a lot of content on the environment, on my concern about plastic pollution, on climate change, on the fact that my country, the UK, I didn’t think it was doing enough to thwart, “she said.

Ellie Goulding: Formula E is 'literally the future'
Ellie Goulding: Formula E is ‘literally the future’

Goulding believes that it was her education in rural Britain that played a key role in why she was so interested in environmental issues.

“I grew up in the countryside, in the middle of nowhere, so I have an affinity for the natural world,” she said. “So I have always been very worried.

“And through the UN, I managed to speak to climatologists, experts, who were very, very worried. And I learned so much and it means I can pass that knowledge on to my fans and young people, the people who follow me and use my platform for something good. ”

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Ellie Goulding: Formula E is 'literally the future'

“Formula E is fundamentally the future”

From an idea scribbled on the back of a napkin in a restaurant in Paris in 2011, Formula E has become one of the fastest growing sports.

Initially a competition of 10 teams and 11 races in its first season, it has expanded to integrate new territories and new manufacturers over the following six years.

And with praise for its reduced environmental impact compared to F1, Goulding believes that the electric racing series has plenty of room to develop.

“Formula E is basically the future. It’s the same thing, but everything is battery powered,” said Goulding.

“It’s amazing. I saw the technology. It’s a little more advanced in Formula One, but it’s so much cooler because of the environmental aspect, because it’s green, because it’s is literally the future. ”

In November, F1 announced a new 10-year plan to “change the face of sport” and become carbon neutral by 2030. But Goulding says that the rival of the essence of Formula E must do more.

“They create something that has to be taken over by all the other companies, companies, any (other) type of company must now be ecological,” she added.

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“And something as iconic as Formula 1 racing, racing cars, it has to be green. It’s no longer an option. And the fact that these guys make it so cool.”

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