Nico Rosberg on the EV transition and sporting role models at COP26

Retired Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has spoken to edie about the need to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, claiming that 'everything is a little too late at the moment' in relation to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

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Speaking within the ‘Action Zone’ of COP26 earlier today (2 November), Rosberg said that “the infrastructure is lacking and the cars have been too expensive” when it comes to the EV transition, but was optimistic about the progress we’re now seeing.

“Everybody needs to do their part now,” Rosberg said “Even in F1, we’re seeing more and more of the drivers getting involved – Lewis [Hamilton] is getting involved, Sebastian Vettel is, so we’re making progress.”

Rosberg – an early investor in Formula E, the all-electric racing series which launched in 2014 – went on to discuss the key role that sportsmen and women can play in raising awareness of the global climate issues being discussed this week at COP26.

“Ex-sportsmen and women have such a huge reach and so many people watching us, and if we can be good role models and show the right ways to go then hopefully some of the people watching can be inspired to do a little bit – every little bit helps,” Rosberg said.

'Too late'

Having retired from motor racing in 2016, Rosberg launched the annual Greentech Festival three years later. The festival is held in Berlin and works to promote green technology and cleaner forms of mobility alongside Formula E’s stopover in the German capital. It is being held in London for the first time, next week.

When asked what would make a successful COP26 summit, Rosberg pointed to the need to mobilise more climate finance into developing nations.

“Success would be a firm agreement on how all countries come together to raise $100bn a year for the fight against climate change,” he said. “Unfortunately, the latest I hear is that there’ll be progress yes, but we might have to wait until 2023 until there’s a firm agreement in place.

“Everything is a little too late at the moment, but progress is better than nothing.”#

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