As the world is pivoting towards a sustainable future, electric vehicle (EV) sales have exponentially soared in recent years with no signs of slowing down. According to the Global EV Outlook 2020, the sale of electric vehicles topped 2.1 million units globally in 2019. As of 2022, there are over 530,000 EVs on UK roads, plus a further 405,000 plug-in hybrids.
With a steady increase in consumer demand and a wide range of choices of EV models, it seems natural that people are jumping on board and making the switch towards eco-friendly traveling for a sustainable future. In fact, many celebrities are often seen in electric vehicles, which helps raise awareness of these cars and their benefits. These celebrities are leading the way with the environmentally friendly cars they drive, and if you’re wondering which ones they chose, here they are.
1. Prince Harry
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is the first celebrity on our list that cares about the environment. In 2018, he sold his luxury Audi RS6 for a whopping £71,900 and decided to go electric. He chose the Audi e-Tron 55 as the car is beautiful, delivers up to 402bhp, and has a range of up to 252 miles. Plus, the drive is light, easy and effortless – everything you’d want in an electric vehicle. It’s no wonder why the Duke of Sussex went all-in when he spotted Audi’s first electric car.
2. Daniel Negreanu
Top poker players are some of the richest personalities in the world and can afford pretty much any car they want. However, Daniel Negreanu is different; despite winning six World Series Poker bracelets, two World Poker Tour titles, and being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, he went with a Tesla Model X, and for good reason. The car is designed with a high-strength architecture and floor-mounted battery pack that provides excellent occupant protection, and it’s safe with a low rollover risk. But that’s not all -- the Tesla Model X is a 6-seater, perfect for anyone wanting to raise a family.
Negreanu posted on his Instagram, “Just bought a new Tesla today. Seats 6. I still have my red Tesla Model S, and this will be a more family-friendly car for babies and what not.” The poker legend doesn’t own one, but two EVs!
3. James May
One of the most famous faces on English television, best known for starring as one-third of the Top Gear trio, James May also cares about the environment. One of the things that May is known for is his passion for cars. When the actor came across the Tesla Model S, he was so impressed that he invested in one. The Tesla Model S is one of the most popular EVs on the market as it delivers exceptional performance, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, has a range of up to 396 miles, and a top speed is 200 mph. For any car lover like May, the Tesla Model S is a toy for the big boys!
4. Robert Downey, Jr.
A world-famous actor known for numerous leading roles, such as Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey, Jr. is also a fan of eco-friendly automobiles. If you’re a fan of Marvel, you would recall Tony Stark’s choice of car in the Avengers Endgame –an Audi e-Tron! The famous actor didn’t just own one during his role; he owns one in real life, too! Just like Prince Harry, Downey has great taste in cars and has such a deep passion, so much so that he’s into reviving classic cars.
In fact, Downey recently gathered a team of experts and is looking to revive and restore older-generation cars by leveraging new technology and innovations to make them more eco-friendly. He plans to double down and produce a series called Downey’s Dream Cars, which will be released in late 2022.
Electric vehicles are now the eco-friendly, energy-efficient mode of transportation, and these celebrities are on the front lines. Follow their lead for a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about celebrities, and for more articles like this one, please check out our piece entitled ‘Can We Switch to Electrical Vehicles Completely by 2040?’