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Virgin boss backs electric car future

Updated 0544 GMT (1344 HKT) July 8, 2016
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Virgin Group boss Richard Branson is a committed supporter of Formula E. IAN KINGTON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Branson's DS Virgin Racing team competed in the first two seasons of the all-electric race series. Spacesuit Media
Richard Branson talks to CNN Supercharged presenter Nicki Shields in the DS Virgin Racing pit garage. Duarte Mendonca/CNN
The DS Virgin Racing team have had a mixed 2015-16 season. Spacesuit Media
There have been highs -- British driver Sam Bird took the checkered flag in Buenos Aires last February. There were also three other podium finishes -- one for Bird and two for his French teammate Jean-Eric Vergne. Matt Knight
The Virgin team watch Saturday's London ePrix in the pit garage. Matt Knight/CNN
Branson and the Virgin team pose for a team photo ahead of Sunday's final race in London. Duarte Mendonca/CNN
Formula E isn't Branson's first foray into top level motorsport. In 2010, Virgin Racing competed in the Formula One world championship. Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
Among his team was Formula E star Lucas di Grassi (second from left). The Brazilian was runner-up to Sebastien Buemi in the 2015-16 championship. Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
IAAF president Sebastian Coe was one of the VIP guests who attended Sunday's final Formula E race of the 2015-16 season in Battersea Park. Spacesuit Media
The streets of the Thames-side park were transformed into a 1.8-mile racetrack. Matt Knight/CNN
Formula E cars currently have a maximum speed of 140 mph and are powered entirely by electricity. Spacesuit Media
The batteries, supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering, are pushing renewable energy forward. One of the key purposes of Formula E is to showcase battery technology and promote electric car use in cities. Matt Knight/CNN
Lucas di Grassi limps back to the pit lane after crashing into the back of Sebastien Buemi in Sunday's final race. The Brazilian ended up two points behind eventual championship winner Buemi. Spacesuit Media
Buemi gives a thumbs up after clinching the world title in London. The Swiss had been trailing di Grassi coming into the final two rounds of the season but sealed the title by recording the fastest lap in the last race picking up the two points he needed to win. Spacesuit Media
Buemi's Renault eDams teammate Nico Prost (pictured) won both London ePrix. Spacesuit Media
The Renault team celebrating in the pit garage. The French team's results in London ensured it won the 2015-16 Formula E Constructors' title. Duarte Mendonca/CNN
Buemi (center), di Grassi (right) and Prost at the Formula E Awards Gala held at the British Museum, London on Sunday July 3. Spacesuit Media