Hot wheels: Leilani Münter’s fight for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver, but her self-proclaimed slogan “a vegan hippie chick with a racecar” proves there is more to her than most competitors in the male-dominated sport.

Münter, who competes in the ARCA series, is on a mission to raise awareness about the environment in ways few players in her industry have dared to go. After all, one of the biggest villains in her carbon-free
movement is the fossil fuel, the very lifeblood of her sport.

In the days leading up to a recent race, Leilani embarked on a road trip in an electric car from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina to Chicagoland Speedway, becoming the first ARCA or NASCAR driver to travel to a race completely oil free.

Fusion had the opportunity to ride shotgun with Leilani, meeting some key voices in the process to hear their views on the benefits and challenges facing renewable energy and electric cars.

The Movie Star: Mark Ruffalo

Actor, Renewable Energy Advocate, + co-founder of The Solutions Project

The Businessman: Marco Krapels

Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors + co-founder of The Solutions Project

The Scientist: Jeff Chamberlain

Deputy Director, Argonne National Laboratory

The Policymaker: Brandon Hurlbut

Former Chief of Staff of the US Department of Energy

A special thanks to The Solutions Project 100% Mission