Hazel Southwell

Hazel Southwell


Hazel has been The Drive’s London outpost for a year, specialising in electric vehicles and new fuel and powertrain technologies. She’s covered tech in motorsport since the inception of Formula E and has been a journalist for 17 years.


  • Electric vehicles, new fuel technologies and batteries
  • Trackside reporter and interviewer
  • Previous experience includes the BBC, newspapers and documentaries



Hazel writes and talks about electric vehicles, batteries and racing. Her work has appeared on the BBC, The Independent, RaceFans, CAR magazine, Motor Sport magazine and many other publications. She featured as an expert commentator in Formula E’s Unplugged series, academy award winner Fisher Stevens’ documentary And We Go Green, Amazon’s Lewis Hamilton - The Art Of Winning and is a regular podcast host and guest, as well as speaking at education and industry conferences.

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Hazel is named after a nuclear reactor that recreated the Chernobyl meltdown.

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By Hazel Southwell / Published Jun 6, 2022

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By Hazel Southwell / Published Jun 2, 2022

A Dragon Formula E car crossing a junction on a road in Bern, Switzerland

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By Hazel Southwell / Published Jun 2, 2022

Sergio Perez celebrates in the pool of the Red Bull Energy Station after winning the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix

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By Hazel Southwell / Published May 31, 2022

Great Wall Motors Tank and WEY cars in a factory

Great Wall Motors Is Launching a Hydrogen-Only, Luxury Brand: Report

By Hazel Southwell / Published May 27, 2022

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By Hazel Southwell / Published May 27, 2022

Kimi Raikkonen waving in the pit lane during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021

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By Hazel Southwell / Published May 26, 2022