First EV Races REV Up this Year

The Spark-Renault SRT_01E is an electric formula racecar designed for the 2014–15 Formula E races.

The only thing these cars will be burning is rubber. FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first world-class, fully-electric motor race, will be held in ten major cities in the next year, including Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, and Berlin. The first round will take place in Beijing on September 13, 2014 with nine other rounds around the world to follow. After some high-speed action, the competition will come to a close in London on June 27 of next year. London Mayor Boris Johnson, a supporter of Formula E, said that the race “has the potential to highlight the impressive strides being made in the manufacture of electric vehicles.” As part of the competition, Formula E is encouraging manufacturers to develop new technologies for these race cars that may eventually be applied to future street-legal EVs.

“The fact that cities from all over the world are interested in the FIA Formula E Championship is extremely heartening and shows a global commitment to clean mobility and sustainability,” said Alejandro Agag, chief executive of Formula E Holdings. Indeed, an Ernst and Young study commissioned by Formula E claims that the competition’s commitment to “technological innovation, social awareness, and infrastructure development” could help auto companies sell over 50 million electric vehicles over the next 25 years. While these numbers may be overly optimistic, Formula E is certain to excite crowds from around the world about this new brand of race car.

Via: BBC, Quartz, Formula E