Footballers are well-known for their love of luxury cars, but which stars have made the switch over to electric?
Liverpool FC’s Thiago Alcantara
Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcântara has recently taken delivery of a brand-new MG ZS EV Trophy Long Range. As a father of two, Thiago said he opted for the MG as it offers “versatility and comfort for every day,” and believes it is important “to be aware as a society of sustainable driving to preserve our planet.”
The ZS EV is available in both Standard and Long Range variants, offering a range of either 198 or 273 miles, and in three trim levels, priced from £27,495.
Watford’s Ben Foster
Fans of the ‘Cycling GK’s’ YouTube channel will often see former-England international goalkeeper Foster hopping in and out of his Tesla Model 3, and complaining when someone parks in his charging bay!
I told you I was gonna have words after Caps parked in my charging bay! 😡
The Cycling GK don’t mess about you know 💪
Only joking. 😉
— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) December 30, 2020
Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard
As the proud owner of a Nissan Leaf, Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard has encouraged more people to make the switch over to an electric vehicle.
Hazard is sharing his experiences in a bid to “strengthen electric mobility education and highlight the smarter, cleaner and fun-to-drive EV experience.”
“As a father, I have a duty to my kids to lead by example. There are many positive actions we can make, like choosing an electric vehicle, that will only have a positive impact for the planet, and the people,” said Eden Hazard, a global ambassador for Nissan.
“The biggest benefit of my LEAF is its 100% electric powertrain, it makes me proud to be an EV driver and partner with Nissan to electrify the world together. We all need to make changes today to secure the future of our planet Earth.”
The Chelsea Women’s team has recently taken delivery of a batch of Hyundai Kona Electric SUVs, as part of the ‘Turn the Blues, Green’ campaign, which aims to to educate football fans, and the public, on the benefits of switching to electric mobility.
As part of the campaign, the club and Hyundai have installed six electric charging points at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre.
Chelsea striker Pernille Harder, who is sharing an SUV with team captain Magdalena Eriksson, said: “We had no idea how easy it was to charge an electric car. At first, we had the manual out and everything, and then we realised how quick, easy and smooth it was to plug the Kona Electric in.
“Having the charging points at the training centre is a complete luxury. We can just plug in before we start training, and then we can drive home with a full battery.”
David Beckham’s classics
Former England captain and footballing icon David Beckham has taken a 10% stake in Lunaz, a Silverstone-based EV conversion company.
Lunaz’s impressive catalogue of electrified classics consists of the world’s first fully electric Range Rover, Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
David Beckham said: “Lunaz represents the very best of British ingenuity in both technology and design. I was drawn to the company through their work restoring some of the most beautiful classic cars through upcycling and electrification. David Lorenz and his team of world-class engineers are building something very special and I very much look forward to being part of their growth.”