Series ‘Represents a Vision for the Future of the Motor Industry’
The FIA Formula E Championship international battery electric race series will again make a stop in California, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) World Motor Sport Council said Friday. Round 6 will take place in Long Beach on April 2.
FIA has also announced that the series of 11 “ePrix” races – hitting at least nine different countries on three continents – will include Paris for the first time when Round 7 takes place on April 23.
The season commences in Beijing on October 17 and closes with two races in London next summer.
‘Panoply of Major Global Motorsport Events’
Formula E races were held for the first time last year with a Qualcomm wirelessly charged battery electric BMW i8 as a safety car (F&F, August 19, 2014).
FIA terms Formula E “the world’s first fully-electric racing series,” and says it “represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability.”
“Over the past few months, we have received many indications of interest from numerous cities from all over the world, which is another confirmation of the extraordinary reception that Formula E has received all over the world during its first season,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said in the schedule announcement.
SAE Hybrids & EVs in Anaheim in February
In addition to the 11 races, three test sessions are planned for the UK’s Donington Park on August 10-11, August 17-18, and August 24-25.
In other meetings news, SAE International has announced that its 2016 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium, the 14th annual, will be held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. February 9-11.
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Source: FIA World Motor Sport Council and SAE with Fleets & Fuels follow-up