(CNN)Nico Rosberg’s current life is a world away from the career he enjoyed as a Formula One world champion, piloting gas-guzzling race cars to victory at circuits around the world.
The German has transformed not only his professional lifestyle but his personal one, too, promoting a sustainable future with the help of his latest venture.In Berlin, the site of this weekend’s E-Prix, Rosberg has returned with his Greentech Festival, a platform for green companies from around the world to showcase the renewable technology of the future.Since its inception five years ago, Formula E has been at the forefront of promoting the possibilities of green travel in a fun and exciting way. Some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers have already joined the rapidly-growing series, with one more big name set to be thrown into an already thrilling mix from next season in the shape of Mercedes.Read More”It’s so awesome what is happening in Formula E and all these manufacturers coming in,” Rosberg told CNN in Berlin. “From a German perspective, Mercedes against BMW against Audi against Porsche.READ: Can Formula E drive forward a female future?READ: Usain Bolt: From Olympic sprinter to business co-founder Photos: Glimpse into a green futureNo, this isn’t a scene out of a sci-fi movie … it’s the world’s first fully 3D-printed, and functioning, electric motorbike.Hide Caption 1 of 6 Photos: Glimpse into a green futureDubbed “NERA” by NOWlab and BigRep, the companies which designed and printed it, the bike boasts several futuristic features.Hide Caption 2 of 6 Photos: Glimpse into a green futureWeighing just 60kg, NERA features airless tires with customizable tread, customizable seat and chest rest and the visually striking rhomboid wheel rim.Hide Caption 3 of 6 Photos: Glimpse into a green future”This bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity,” said Dr. Stephan Beyer, CEO and co-founder of BigRep.Hide Caption 4 of 6 Photos: Glimpse into a green futureCustomizable LED lights are another of the bike’s innovative features.Hide Caption 5 of 6 Photos: Glimpse into a green futureIn building NERA, engineers “set a benchmark for truly creative design; breaking the limits of traditional mechanical engineering,” a statement said.Hide Caption 6 of 6“Wow, that will be thrilling — and when Mercedes come, they come to win. Second is not good enough for them. They are already racing at the moment, just under a different name (HWA) and you can see it’s not an easy one, so they will need some time as well. “The other manufacturers have had a head start so will be interesting to see how quickly they get up to speed.”Under affiliate HWA Team, Mercedes has been testing the water in Formula E ahead of the team’s launch next season.It’s been a difficult start to life in the all-electric racing series, with drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett languishing in 15th and 18th place, respectively, in the championship.HWA finds itself in ninth place with 28 points in the team standings, propped up by the Geox and Nio teams.Mercedes wants to avoid the ignominy of finishing in last place in its first season in a championship which technically and financially it will not be able to dominate like it has in Formula One.The German manufacturer is building a true F1 dynasty having been triumphant in the previous five seasons. It is already in pole position to win six championships in a row and will not want to tarnish the reputation of excellence it has cultivated by performing poorly in Formula E.Mercedes F1 team principle Toto Wolff, who Rosberg had a close relationship with in his time in F1, will play an active role in selecting the two drivers to represent the team in its debut season. Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farFormula E 2018/19 – The 2018/19 Formula E season is set to be a thriller, with the exciting new Gen2 cars boasting top speeds of 280km/h and more drivers than ever with realistic hopes of taking home the title.Hide Caption 1 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farFormula E finally got its first repeat winner of the season in race nine, as Jean-Eric Vergne led from pole to finish to secure his second victory of the season.Hide Caption 2 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farDutch driver Robin Frijns claimed victory in Paris on the day his country celebrated its national King’s Day. The Envision Virgin Racing man was the eighth different driver to win the eight races so far this season.Hide Caption 3 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farMitch Evans victory at the Rome ePrix was Jaguar’s first in motorsport since 1991. The Kiwi is the only driver to score points in the seven races so far this season.Hide Caption 4 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farSanya, race six – Jean-Eric Vergne put an end to a miserable run of form that saw him go pointless for three straight races by taking victory in Sanya, the first time the championship had visited the south China cityHide Caption 5 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farHong Kong, race five – Edoardo Mortara backed up his third place in Mexico by claiming top spot in Hong Kong, Venturi’s first ever victory in Formula E. Sam Bird had initially crossed the line in first place but after a four-hour investigation, was demoted for smashing into the back of race leader Andre Lotterer.Hide Caption 6 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farMexico City, race four – Former world champion Lucas Di Grassi celebrates his victory at the Mexico ePrix, arguably the most thrilling race in the sport’s five seasons. Race leader Pascal Wehrlein’s battery died just meters from the line, allowing Di Grassi to swoop past on the inside and snatch victory.Hide Caption 7 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farSantiago, race three – On a sweltering afternoon in Santiago, Chile — the hottest ePrix in history — Sam Bird stormed to victory at the Parque O’Higgins Circuit. After finishing third overall last season, the Briton will have hopes of coming out on top this time around.Hide Caption 8 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farMarrakesh, race two – Jerome d’Ambrosio followed up his podium finish in Saudi Arabia with victory in Marrakesh — his third in Formula E — to take an early lead at the top of the championship.Hide Caption 9 of 10 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farAd Diriyah, race one – The season got off to a thrilling start in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, as Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa edged out Jean-Eric Vergne and Jerome d’Ambrosio to claim the second Formula E win of his career.Hide Caption 10 of 10But Rosberg says a return to racing in Formula E, either as a driver in another capacity, is not something that is currently on his mind.”No, that’s not really something that I’m going for at the moment,” he admitted. “If I were a team principal, it would require the same dedication that I had to give as a driver and I am not ready for that level of commitment again — every day traveling the world. “I am quite happy with the freedom the way it is now in my life.”